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 But […]

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 barters […]

The Bog (conclusion)

Short Stories The Bog (part four)           Here in the bowl, with civilization circling, the bark of a deer or whinny of a screech owl had been only ambient noises, competing with the slam of a car door, shouts that flared over dim radio music from the Freelanders’ camp, fire or […]

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.   […]

Peeled (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Oct 2017 in Art, Poems

    Peeled   Apparency is the means into the mind Dreary the mood of an overheated October Afternoon and no escape The crowd all move together Did the nape clench With premonition Knowing this thing coming Will roll Like the spinning wheel of a wrecked Bicycle a slammed brake Damned if the distractor does […]

On Taste: You and Your Peers (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Oct 2017 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading presents: On Taste: You and Your Peers (part one)         The commonly received picture of very tasteful décor, or fashion, is monotonality, lack of pattern and trim; also, the color must be muted, neutral—with few exceptions, pale. White rooms, their occupants dressed in black…the classic mental picture of an […]

Battlefront: part one

Posted by ractrose on 1 Oct 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot   Subscribers, Followers, Discoverers, click the link at the bottom of this post, which goes to the Battlefront page, where you can read up to page ten of the first number. Next week, ten more pages!                           […]