Catastrophe (part twenty-seven)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part twenty-seven)                           Two Legends  The miraculous prisoner and the two gunners     Here is an extraordinary story—that of the prisoner, Auguste Sybaris. But I do not suppose M. Clerc believes it true, for M. […]

My Blog Week: June 26 to July 2

All the Latest from Torsade!                           On Monday, “The Resident”, with Wissary and Desander lunching in the presence of Teconieshe. Tuesday, a new poem in the Jumping Off series, “Miraculous”. Wednesday, a poem reissue from Nutshell, “Chum”. Friday, a new episode of The […]

Tourmaline: The Enemy (part one)

      The Enemy (part one)   Frederick as a voice passing her door, fading down an empty hallway. Frederick glimpsed on a public screen, holding up a cardboard sign: ALLIANCE OUT. Or a face that seemed entirely his, belonging to Mrs. Leonhardt’s new boarder, a young student. Not a face to be loved […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty-six)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-six)                   Simona sat a mule; all horses, nags, swaybacks, the hoof-rotted, were being mounted this morning for Ludovic’s cavalry. Tackle was lacking, so was courage to climb the bare back of an angry beast, its mouth tortured with a stray […]

Chum (poem)

      Chum   Will you be my chum Sink with me under the bubbling swell Or take your hacksaw to the cable Release the weight of me That binds you Still We are side by side   Keep the pear tree, lose the partridge Keep the gold rings, sack the servants Forecast for […]

Miraculous (poem)

      Miraculous   Tarzan is anxious In the bedroom, carpeting and air conditioning are dominant smells, the odor of adhesive and its cool tempering and the way the cigarette smoke of all her friends Blends into a suburban climb to the high and dry He was at his best, filled with animalistic impulse […]

The Resident (part seven)

      The Resident (part seven)     From a spot on the wall, unnoticed in the broader glory of the room, came three deep tongs, that echoed, imposing silence. Chatting groups broke apart, individuals circled tables—finding signs, and taking seats. “I want one,” Wissary told Debra. “What do you call it?” “The chandelier?” […]

My Blog Week: June 20 to June 26

All the Latest from Torsade!                             On Monday, “The Tambinder Engine”, Deenie sharing a secret with her ministers. Tuesday, a poem reissue from Rattus, “The Mind’s Eye”, Thursday, Catastrophe, and first descriptions of the volcano’s destruction and the state of the dead. […]

The Mirrors (part seven)

    The Mirrors (part seven)     She hoped Mr. Wright would happen by when she sat to lunch. Going through Esta’s trove with Carmine would not be helpful. At a bad time, it would tempt him away from his duties. Rothesay, it seemed to her, was the more at fault… Well, dismiss it. […]

Catastrophe (part twenty-six)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-six)                             M. Clerc before the eruption and in the ruins     We return to the volcano. Here is how M. Clerc described to me the eruption of the 8th, which he witnessed from […]