The Tick of a Second Hand (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Apr 2017 in Art, Poems

  My Titanic poem. Harry Widener, one of the victims, had purchased while abroad a 1598 edition of Francis Bacon’s essays. It was in his possession when he went down with the ship.         The Tick of a Second Hand   The landing gear came down And a long becalming slick Smothered […]

My Curious Reading: In and Out of Conservatism

Posted by ractrose on 12 Apr 2017 in Nonfiction

My Curious Reading In and Out of Conservatism             Many, if not most, acts are prompted by their environment: pressured, permissive, insular, cooperative, anti-social, etc., and by the spirit of the times, whether or not the actor is fully conscious of this. I had been thinking of the Tylenol killer, […]

The First Idea (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Apr 2017 in Art, Poems

      The First Idea   The first idea the two women jotted down Was a spoof on the bodice-ripper “Wait. You make me think. Could you do something dark…? A take on Jack the Ripper.” “We could do anything. How about Passion’s Savage Heart…that seems jokey enough. See if the name’s been used. […]