The Impresario: epilogue

Posted by ractrose on 26 May 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Epilogue   His showman’s eye, a gift…he’d called it that Boasted how poignancy might mix with horror This he’d known to parse and measure What string to pluck for piety; then touch a purse for charity Urge strong men condescend Stare and dig in pockets Give sop to concupiscence He’d weighed […]

Billions: The Domestic Cat as Scapegoat

Posted by ractrose on 20 May 2017 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Billions The Domestic Cat as Scapegoat                           A 2013 Telegraph (UK) headline, based on US reporting, reads in part:   …deadly pets murder nearly 4 billion birds a year.   Cats, they mean. Now, for one thing, murder is an […]

The Impresario: part twenty-six

Posted by ractrose on 18 May 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Twenty-Six   “You will appreciate my dilemma.” The Bishop says this to the wax-man He has been pleased to find this one have Latin For without the prompting of these matters grave Had of his own to doubt the Friar Gaspard Ought so to be relied on, with regard To […]

My Curious Reading: Planet Earth and the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

My Curious Reading Planet Earth and the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker         Dr. Underhill said, if we would destroy insects, we must preserve birds. Birds which run up the trunks of trees, like the Woodpeckers, are of especial benefit. They dig out the larvae of insects from the bark and devour it. A Cat-bird […]

The Impresario: part twenty-five

Posted by ractrose on 13 May 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Twenty-Five   Three long blasts and a short to summon The captain of the Bishop’s horse The foot-guards lustily bash heads Gaspard’s men eagerly make arrest For every fine collected is a feather for their nest Tortu’s sturdy back unaided must draw the sledge The wax-man’s mass umbrellaed ’Neath a […]

My Curious Reading: The Baron and the Bulge

Posted by ractrose on 5 May 2017 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading The Baron and the Bulge         Dialogue must be the most powerful type of writing. Most of us, I think, leafing through a book, see dialogue sequences as welcome action; we get from these a little pleased anticipation. Things are picking up. It doesn’t take that form of narrative […]

The Impresario: part twenty-four

Posted by ractrose on 4 May 2017 in Art, Poems

  The Impresario Part Twenty-Four   Behind leathern masks are the fighters’ faces hid To make livelier sport for the pleasure of the mob For to lose the sight of an eye, or have a nose cut off Cuts short the combat, those on tiptoes at the back Do not strain themselves to witness a […]