Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-nine)                         This mental stagnation came in company with a strange fearfulness, a disquiet. “If I were superstitious, I would believe I was having a presentiment. What bad luck is lurking in the shadows? Or can it be good?” As […]

To Terms (poem)

      To Terms   If it was forgiveness come for Or, if a jar of minutes had been stationed where a centerpiece might go And every staged remark of the conversation got its candy heart with a slogan bitcher, loser, lame-o, snob, martyr, gloater nuisance to others, at sum, unloved tossed in then […]

For a Non-Emergency (poem)

      For a Non-Emergency   When we’ve settled in our rooms For a non-emergency The observation of the dumb under euthanasia He believes he can imprint a picture of this earth Oblivious to others he rehearsed Mechanical men have put his thoughts aside for fixing A distant monitor listens The pulse gives a […]

Mercy (poem)

      Mercy   You might be the bitter pith Your green unripe skin rasped away Your head shaped like a human skull Bone-colored, soft as a sponge and impressible Eating awkward lunches An object at the table A centerpiece blocking the view All eyes track and scatter delineating the dot dot dot of […]

My Blog Week: April 4 to April 10

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Comfort and Convenience           When we think about Amazon, we should think about retailing itself, what Amazon does and what it doesn’t do. Since the 21st […]

Eight: Honesty (poem)

      Honesty   Honesty become a tool of abuse Your hands pumping frankness up your neck-strings, mottling your frozen features with lifelike mantling, roseating from your mammoth pores Soon As, from your salesman’s case you pull nothing Saleable to the present state But bandy, as a bandwidth manipulator Your loutish telling of your […]

Hammersmith: A Daughter’s Sense of Duty (chapter twelve)

Hammersmith Chapter Twelve A Daughter’s Sense of Duty             Her father hadn’t seen the host of faults communicated by his offhand errand, the one he had promised Mossbunker he would do himself. “Stage name, that’s the phrase you want. Ask her if it’s one.” Minnie Leybourne, Mossbunker the patriot would […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-eight)                         Once in her room, Annie began to undress. Then, suddenly exhausted, lacking courage or strength, she threw herself onto a chair, leaned against the marble of her dressing table, and remained in a state of numbness, her forehead […]

A Small Exchange (poem)

      A Small Exchange   A small exchange between the gutter and the feet Wet hosiery and someone letting off corrosive mirth And so having blocks to go She felt uncondoled I mourn with you among strangers Waiting for a split head to hiss out the steam That boils it The curiosity of […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part seventeen)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part seventeen)                     The winds that round Mount Ida blow At his commands were still; The wingèd gods all circled low Round that dim Thracian hill.   Then, ever blue the tender sky, And ever green the field; Mars laid his […]