Bride to Be (part six)

    Bride to Be (part six)   Now ask me, did I love him Did I set my mind at schemes, did I discover for the trying, how To the watchtower hill the daughter of a king Might walk as the risen sun, repulsing sight My maid and page in train at my command […]

Sequence: Drawn Upon Imagination (part four)

Sequence of Events Chapter Twelve Drawn Upon Imagination (part four)             Oily flatteries are a thing difficult to get right; they want a certain brazen self-importance…but in her stewardessing days, Freda had learned there is a type of woman who likes being bossed. A week at sea offers the possibilities […]

Palma: Second Tourmaline (conclusion)

Tourmaline Palma (conclusion)                   And these pains, depressions, madnesses, that waved across the city, were the reason her people, quarantined within a color-wheel of central sectors, had not by force been disarmed. The pills given at the health clinic would finish David, not his back and his […]

My Blog Week: June 9 to June 15

All the Latest from Torsade!                           A Word on the Week   Energy is Strategy       This is the topic heading I put down in my notes, with the idea I might sort of fudge it in, because I’ve been doing […]

Palma: Second Tourmaline (part one)

Tourmaline Palma (part one)                         I am not going to tell you that you ought to have made certain of it. That won’t do you any good. She wrote in resolute black, and drew arrows; her comments in the margin, full sentences and apropos. […]

Oh, You Did That? (poem)

    Oh, You Did That? (Denigrate All Achievements)   Feathering yourself as a useful magpie Quick and quicker your knack to apply that eye Does a trained birdbrain need a pat on the head Flies know a trick too Everything carrion to them banquet once to you And it is the spoilment we speak […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty)                       1:27. Sea withdraws 25 to 30 meters before returning to shore passing the normal level by several meters; numerous formations of fumaroles and crevices in the valley of the Rivière-Blanche from the mouth to the volcanic […]

Celebrated (part sixteen)

Novella Celebrated (part sixteen)                     “Listen. I’ve taught this myself, I believe in it, there’s nothing wrong with it. By which I mean, in context, it’s the truth. I always tell students, I will never push you to do my work. I want you to do […]

Sequence: Drawn Upon Imagination (part three)

Sequence of Events Chapter Twelve Drawn Upon Imagination (part three)             “Now, Bruner, of course, has a character. Character is only a generality. But the right person, placed in the right circumstances, won’t need telling what to do. He will do it. That is…there are things Bruner was taught to […]

Killing Frost (poem)

    Killing Frost   Morning on the inside is only glass and curtains A saint might have heard voices He fingers the fly in the ointment and fills a pot With liver-colored beans no stench Like the burning of chili powder and this punishing cheap food And wariness too fine to read He lies […]