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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sheila What’s Happening to Us (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

      Sheila What’s Happening to Us   …the mystery is how they’re getting in Like a pod-born infection of the country’s youth One day your daughter is perfect and wears a dress Joins Mom and Dad at the breakfast table Spoons her oatmeal, studies for a test One day a hippie cat with […]

Chum (poem): from The Nutshell Hatches

Posted by ractrose on 9 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

      Chum   Will you be my chum Sink with me under the bubbling swell Or take your hacksaw to the cable Release the weight of me That binds you Still We are side by side   Keep the pear tree, lose the partridge Keep the gold rings, sack the servants Forecast for […]

The Second Idea (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

      The Second Idea   “Hobbes,” she said. That’s the thing, right? Like, the three main characters… Yeah, I get it, her partner says, ticking off fingers Nasty. Brutish. Short. They made their bargain with the Duke But…what’re we gonna call him…the older brother? So the younger brother was pretending to be him […]

They Won’t Return: Haunt of Thieves

Posted by ractrose on 6 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

      Haunt of Thieves They Won’t Return   Tide fans up the estuary a warm salt froth That rinses rot, that hinge of flesh Holding a clamshell shut The gulls discard them careless cracked To bake and stink with dragging seaweed And wooden ribs will lose their battle The fisher in his stilt-house […]

The Bog (part four)

Short Stories The Bog (part four)               “I don’t know what to think about you.” “Then don’t. Don’t worry.” She appreciated what Rachel was doing—what she thought she was doing—too much to start something sisterly, competitive and carping… They were only half-related. Laurel, eighteen (Nixon president, a laundry room’s […]

Spin the Wheel (complete)

Short Stories Spin the Wheel             If you don’t mind has to count as a question. By rights, you’d have to have a reason for minding…so you’d have to know what advantage there could be in opting out, guess whether the other guy would win the toss or lose it. […]