The Impresario: part three

Posted by ractrose on 31 Jul 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Three   Regalus masked moves lithe through the torchlit throng Pierre the Seer guides her, brusque in the distance he keeps But cocksure in his speech, his purpose strong She pities her poor Tortu and her small Dauphin Like a mother, she has helped to dress and feed them She […]

The Big Pants: part two

Short Stories The Big Pants (two)       “Um…” Tom answered. “I kinda wanna have one of those pictures…you know. Like when I can get into a thirty-two waist…you know, put on the jeans I’m wearing now… Like on my Facebook page. A big pants picture.” “Yes. Tom, is it? We do, in fact, […]

The Impresario: part twenty-one

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jul 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Twenty-One   A sturdy yeoman parts the throng, striding through Escort to a queenly, doll-like dame Poupée’s grown son with wonder eyes The wax-man’s pallor, Regalus Kneels and cradles in her hand, madame’s Surprised, she asks, “How do you, child?” The lifted face beneath the cowl, surprises her as well […]

Corey Jack: Actors Act (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jul 2017 in Art, Poems

    Actors Act   Being, at the wheel, free to fly, she’d closed her eyes Singing The light was red But he was grinning like a wise guy Revved and squealed off A Mazda pushed the yellow light and blocked her His rude old Ford was parked there Catty-corner at the Holiday Inn She […]

The Impresario: part eight

Posted by ractrose on 25 Jul 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Eight   Tortu has done no wrong He lays his lute upon the ground and plucks A melancholic melody with his toes A lilting air flutes o’er this, as serpentine In play of arms and sway of hips The Pythoness begins her dance   He cannot bring himself to it […]

A Friend: third Tourmaline (conclusion)

Tourmaline A Friend (conclusion)           Yes, she would start a sterner policy with him…else, he might get worse… She thought he was getting worse, and would have to be seen by a doctor. Was that a question, then, for the corporal, a kind of help she needed? Herward was helping himself […]

Are You Jealous (part one)

Are You Jealous (part one)               A package. Gabriel heard Eva’s voice…her put-on voice, he called it. She spoke this way to delivery people, sing-song, thanking them, ushering them out the door. He heard the door close, slue into its frame with a rush of air followed by the […]

A Friend: third Tourmaline (part one)

Tourmaline A Friend (part one)           Mrs. Leonhardt had taken out all the old silver. Her mother’s silver, her own, the sugars and the salt cellars that she for a time had always been buying, always poking through the second-hand markets, offering half the asking price for anything blackened, anything with […]

Adventures in Research: The Grand Old Party

Posted by ractrose on 11 Jul 2017 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research The Grand Old Party     From the NYT September 29, 1880 “Grand Rally at Warren” General Ulysses S. Grant, a man of many scandals, was no longer President of the U.S. (as of March, 1877), but continued as a party campaigner. On behalf of Republican candidate James A. Garfield, he […]

Corey Jack: Crash (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jul 2017 in Art, Poems

    Crash   Jack, waking to a sense… Something stronger than a sense, he tells himself, a revelation No, not wholly that A reverberation A weight about the size of a DC10, going crash One he sees in retrospect was then The crashing down of a tired, useless epoch A life of swine and […]