Mince No Words: Seventh Battle Stations

    The Folly Battle Stations         Mince No Words   Business is to be got to…Trout, though he’d offered pretext Possesses so little of personal quality While a monocled eye, unsuffering of fools, peers so expectant The host shrugs away his first, introductory amblings Though ahead he forages as much as […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Reputation (part one)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails A Reputation (part one)                             “Monsieur, a gentleman has come on the part of the Philanthropic Society of Paris.” “Well, let him in,” said M. Blestat. He folded his newspaper, shook his cigar ash into the fire, […]

Male and Female (poem)

    Male and Female   You might be nothing much a hatchback human utilitarian, cute thing a nice or not nice who says I’m not named with a name without a hope for yourself the profile of a popular young’un a ranch hand from a feet up, TV on waiting out the ninth month […]

The Impresario (part twenty-four)

  The Impresario Part Twenty-Four   Behind leathern masks are the fighters’ faces hid To make livelier sport for the pleasure of the mob For to lose the sight of an eye, or have a nose cut off Cuts short the combat, those on tiptoes at the back Do not strain themselves to witness a […]

Fight Me (poem)

    Fight Me   “Fight me,” says Mr. Boots. He smiles upside down, beaming, chin above whisker pads At the yellow goldfish whose mouth Expresses opening and closing, pushing in and out, no more She cannot answer to his mocking Nor can he mock her as he’d like But matches every parting of her […]

My Blog Week: January 5 to January 11

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Precipitate         A point of convergence in two of the big stories of the week… Let’s go back to 1997, not to rehash much of the unhappy […]

Heroic Courage (poem)

    Heroic Courage   What it is is dying that, but…    if a moment comes you take them with your mouth shut, both Respectfully, no… Both torture and release No. I don’t think a hero can rescue a hero No, you’re half right, never boast, I’m saying Dying may not be requisite However, the […]

The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part five)             I slept a first night with them in my house…slept to excess, the honey drink to blame. Sorry for my hurting arm, and for myself altogether, I’d swallowed two or three strong draughts. That day I woke not having dreamed […]

Frédéric Boutet: Memory (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails Memory (conclusion)                             And it had come, to fall within this happiness lasting now twenty years, this name: Melchior Bostelette. For Melchior Bostelette had been one of them, in his day, that rowdy gang of the Latin […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part two)

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part two)             “You just get the feeling, I mean, like it’s written in the stars or something. Like you think about Three Mile Island and you think, it’s gonna go again.” His name was Makim; he was Rae’s friend from Law Club, and […]