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 hotshot […]

A Book Report from the Zero Income Front

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jun 2017 in Non-Fiction

  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 to shopping […]

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 eye […]

The Insular I: a poem’s point of view

Posted by ractrose on 13 Jun 2017 in Non-Fiction

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 get that twisty […]

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 represent verisimilitude. […]

Petal and Perfume (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Jun 2017 in Art, Poems

    Petal and Perfume   At their tables, they waited She had made them see, by knotted strings That flared white, and danced, and left their Interweavings on the eye’s lens Against the contrast of brown limbs A bower of surpassing craft Decked in petal and perfume All that was prelude The trespasser spoke […]