Dum-dum (poem)

    Dum-dum   What the assembly wants to understand Everyone we are on page three hundred sixty-four The hour is near the break Watch through years of circling the outerbelt Neighborhoods go down once the charred shape of a wing shorn Plane was a moment worth eulogizing stamped On the split-levels of a small […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-seven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-seven)                         XXXVI Senator Knight Again     I made the return crossing in the company of M. le sénateur Knight. I have mentioned already, in the course of this volume, some of the “political views” of […]

Yoharie: Neverers (part two)

Yoharie Neverers (part two)           Here was the special vocabulary. The character, by the author, had not been made male or female. Hearty debate in the World, did Southey have a preference, did he/she plant clues, were phrases such as “…an ex-slave, bearing his mark…”, evidentiary, or only grammatical, was the […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part seven)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part seven)         He had spotted the window’s lavish draperies (there was a strong touch of Harvey, even here)—and like Magda, thought to couch himself behind these…but unmusically, and careful to draw the fabric over the toes of […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part six)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part six)         I had slept at my first home in profoundest silence…fairly it might be said, that of the grave. Childhood dreams did not meander here from sound to sound, weaving a story of footsteps, caterwauling, morning birdsong; rather mine, I could now suppose, had […]

My Blog Week: May 12 to May 18

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   Problems You Didn’t Know You Had     Starting small and going large, let’s consider a little story followers of late night TV will have heard. Last week, a twist of plot […]

Poison in the Marrow: Tenth Pale Knight

    The Folly The German Spy     Poison in the Marrow   Now Trout had had an aunt A woman inculcated with a fair education Of course, one mustn’t laugh No. There, but for the grace of… She’d spoken of burning one’s Rubicons behind one He feels, coming to himself, the point is […]

Tourmaline (part three)

Tourmaline Tourmaline (part three)           “Where the adjectival phrase takes the place of a noun, where we grammarians employ the hyphenated construction…which is, of course, a bit of shorthand for us…I mean for us alone. They, while officially, the nomads use our own alphabet…” Professor Swisshelm removed his plug of tobacco […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-six

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-six)           This passage contains, within quotes from interview subjects, some strongly racist opinions.     The journal that represents the radical socialist majority of Martinique voters, the organ of the people of color, of negroes has printed, therefore, these beautiful compliments to the […]

Transposed (poem)

    Transposed   The wreckage walks mumbling beneath a slack jaw “That’s right” He tells himself, some plans in ruin are transposed Today the wretched knick-knackery composes all Dry cleaning, tweeds to wedge away until the sky turns grey Arch, the eyebrow raised, the place descending Underneath the bridge where cups bob in the […]