My Blog Week: Oct 22 to Oct 28

All the latest from Torsade!                     The week began with A Figure from the Common Lot: Battlefront (part four), in which Honoré, pursuing news, stirs a bit of trouble for himself. Next, a non-series poem, “Forbidden Fruit”, on the theme of gossip; then the sixth short […]

Battlefront: part five

Posted by ractrose on 29 Oct 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Battlefront (five)               They passed a sign-post, unreadable. Honoré saw a row of cottage lights. He saw canal water, reflecting from its surface starlight and village lamps. The dog, Sophie-Jaune, piped and panted—finally, having struggled against the impulse, she barked. A lantern swung […]

Phantom (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

    Phantom   Here the river loses its bottle-glass translucence Before the shallows are disturbed Crook-legged insects skim like kites and chittering birds Paired in low flight dip and vault Wheeling from sight above the bankside’s wrinkled tension Water flows And parts, billowing mud with each thrust of the salvage man’s pole Farther out, […]

Forbidden Fruit (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

    Forbidden Fruit   Reincarnate from a molting-pod, as you were a jacket folding into its own hood, a chrysalis peeling an old pied skin then ratchet ratchet like a whalebone corset Worked up from the foot, past the hips Hung by the nervy grip of the brainstem Here you have crown and root […]

My Blog Week: Oct 15 to Oct 21

All the Latest from Torsade!                       This week began with A Figure from the Common Lot, “Battlefront”, part three, in which Honoré is taken up by Tweedloe, and given an assignment. The fifth short story in the Tourmaline series, “Promoted to Exile” concluded, with Herward […]

Battlefront: part four

Posted by ractrose on 22 Oct 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Battlefront (four)         Dupuy looked straight ahead, lacking words to extenuate Gremot, or unable to choose from among so many words. Aubermont was not Dupuy’s own commanding officer, and though Dupuy had never failed in his duty as a soldier, he saw here a maneuverable gap, […]

Night Bird (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

    Night Bird   Are you only flying for a season, night bird The owl’s talon in the gloaming takes you And the rat’s wary eye sees a feather Fall by moonlight as he noses through A quart jar’s broken neck This to a stumbling knee is bloody tragedy But who grubs away at […]

It Spoke of Its Broken Bones (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

    It Spoke of Its Broken Bones   The language master tracing lines of typeface with his finger The bronze smith’s Victory and Lamentation Her strength in dry dirt bordered with Black shadow All bedlam courses past She lights her wings unfurl With an odor of things suspended Warm stalls imbued with reverent thought […]

Battlefront: part three

Posted by ractrose on 15 Oct 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Battlefront (three)         Three men, uniformed, sat watching the byplay between Gouin and Tweedloe; and Gouin, seeing them lift their heads, lifted his chin. With a quelling air of duty, he jerked his shoulder from the finger Tweedloe rested there. Disregarding protocol both social and military, […]

My Blog Week: Oct 8 to Oct 14

All the Latest from Torsade!                     The second installment of A Figure from the Common Lot, in which Honoré has an adventure with the Garde Mobile, and helps the farmer Legère, went up Sunday, October 8. On Monday, “Chum”, a poem from The Nutshell Hatches, was featured. “Are You […]