Frédéric Boutet: A Playboy’s Scandal (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails A Playboy’s Scandal (complete)                   It was on a spring evening at a casino, in a spa of the Midi with thermal baths, very chic. In the shadows that favored the garden in winter, the Chevalier Hector Montelli leaned his black moustache […]

Benevolence (poem)

    Benevolence   Off to beg off to ask a promise be remembered rifle charity clothes and find wearable estates of men and women, botheration… scoffing rid of Grandma’s stupid things (amounts to spending, not inheriting) senescent children shooting cheating sidelongs This or that “worth something” hmm? (ooh hoo) in vintage, maybe a dollar […]

Overcast (poem)

    Overcast   Self-abnegation hunting insects All chemistry or all dispassion not dissected by ego and asked to answer The tailored monument to Jones or Brown or Miller We can’t feel surprised What, Mr. Jones, is atonement What, Ms. Brown, do you call repentance How, Miller, do you ask forgiveness You needed training…if your […]

Cartoon Stories: Riffing

Cartoon Stories Riffing       So, when you run out of early ideas (one of which I’ll introduce in next’s weeks Stories, mapping out the peripatetic plot of my first cartoon saga, The Dynamo Brothers), you start keeping funny thoughts jotted in a notebook, or planning to jot them and forgetting what they were. […]

My Blog Week: February 16 to February 22

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Phobia           In times past, when the chief source of news in America was the three networks and PBS, I had a complaint. Say, for the sake […]

You Have an Enemy (poem)

    You Have an Enemy   “Now, see,” the card you’ve drawn Is from a Royal house, yours on the right It faces left, its suit is red Portending a bleeding heart You have an enemy You, of necessity, reckon to the pole star And by day, you see the sun chart Its path […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part four)           He stood holding a Seed under the window’s light. Two hollows like eyes seemed to glint aware, each with its dot of white. The totem had woken in itself this visage, by charm or wickedness. “Tell me your story.” “They are […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Birthmark (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Birthmark (complete)                       “Watch the road…if anyone comes,” ordered the blind man, a meagre fellow without age, wrapped in a macintosh the color of dust. Through a hole in the hedge where they’d hidden themselves, the youth who accompanied […]

Wonderfully Made (poem)

    Wonderfully Made   The psalmist makes good report of himself God sighs that the trick of vision could not be worked When the heavy-brained article came to move and apprehend He had hoped praise, in parlance, would mean humility But what do things mean? It has feet to carry it here and there […]

Cartoon Stories: Depends on the Drawing

Cartoon Stories Depends on the Drawing         The artistic style of cartoons can be very simple. In a lot of cases the success of the panel depends on the joke. I’ve read that some professionals draw their art and hire writers for the punchlines. But here are a few, two matured in […]