TV Culture: What’s That Thing (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Jun 2017 in Art, Poems

      What’s That Thing   The sidekick’s black Mustang swings a one-eighty A name freezes action on the screen We see him mouth a line and wave to somebody The portly old-timer, too, swings in his desk chair Phone to his left ear Face always stuck here Eyebrow arching, poised to scramble Young […]

A Book Report from the Zero Income Front

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jun 2017 in Nonfiction

    My Curious Reading A Book Report from the Zero Income Front     My impression is that, when the average browsing consumer considers the self-published novel, quality is not her concern. By this I mean the question of whether she expects to find quality. We might (it’s been done) correlate types of publishing […]

A Little Joy (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jun 2017 in Art, Poems

    A Little Joy   The young gather near old Timeworn The age of him lies like a bundle Poor yellow tom The stink of an open toilet and the menace of a grinning man He knows they’re like that A little joy in the killing The back steps concrete crumbling This fault they’d […]

Sans Serif (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Jun 2017 in Art, Poems

      Sans Serif   She’s crushed her fingertip under a trunk lid One purple nail the adornment of her hand No rings and nothing else Just this, playing across the jacketless blank “I’m hating this,” she tells him   She has a book with a hard grey cover Two gritted fangs forbid the […]

The Insular I: a poem’s point of view

Posted by ractrose on 13 Jun 2017 in Nonfiction

My Curious Reading The Insular I               People don’t like poetry. That, of course, is not universally true. True enough, though, that a lot of poetry you read (or glance over) launches like the voice of someone you’re stuck with in an elevator. I write poetry, and I too […]

My Curious Reading: Character Logic

My Curious Reading Character Logic               Let’s begin by splitting a hair. E. M. Forster, in Aspects of the Novel (Harcourt, 1927), gives his seventh lecture on the theme of Prophecy. He introduces a metaphor: “song” to represent the voice of the prophet; “the furniture of common sense”, to […]