Sand (poem)

      Sand   doll-forms at craft shops bald sightless blockheads you should watch tutorials on airbrushing rose    into cheeks think of a doll for every ethnicity the minefield mechanics of noticing shades     of blush Populate a scheme to become a catalogue name with burials in a fold and tab-together box they were smoothed […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part one)

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The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part twelve)

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My Blog Week: November 15 to November 21

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   More Flounce to the Ounce         Earlier in the Trump presidency, commentators used to say, “The one thing about Trump is that he’s never boring.” Well. These […]

Celebrated (part nine)

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Flash Fiction: Pine

Flash Fiction Pine                       Salvador had gone off, more of a brood than a hunt, though he carried his shotgun and walking stick. That suited Bridie, who wanted to feel free, picking over her herbs, seeing what had come back in the flower bed. Bluebells, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eighteen)

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Heneglwys: Second Allied Forces

    The Folly Allied Forces         Heneglwys     Sir,   In my researches into the vanished tribes Which predate the era of Coel Hen Who, I need hardly tell you, is known to the modern reader of the nursery rhyme A prelate of that village which calls itself Heneglwys Whom […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (intro part four)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! Introduction: part four                       A Different Kind of Translation, continued:   The format of a story—not its paragraphing style, but the skeletal shape into which a fiction is introduced—will deliver engagement or fail to, depending on whether the form has […]

Yoharie: Love Back (part four)

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