On Taste: You and Society (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Nov 2017 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading You and Society (part one)   Mt. Olympus Syndrome and Literary prizes                   Taste as Franchise   Your taste, at the level of broad society, takes on characteristics from a pressure to conform, not to a group’s passing fancy (or your own passing membership […]

Bad Counsel (part two)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (two)             Andrée begins to see. Andrée already, to her mother’s chagrin, lives rent free. But she gets it, how Sam might need six months or a year, maybe more, to build his house. Leo has talked to her about inspectors. You do so much work, […]

My Blog Week: Nov 19 to Nov 25

All the Latest from Torsade!                       The week began with A Figure from the Common Lot: Imprisoned (part one continued), in which Honoré is stalked and assaulted by Baum. A poem, “The Day You Were Born”, part of the TV culture series, speaks of past […]

Imprisoned: part two

Posted by ractrose on 26 Nov 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (part two)           An interval passed, which Honoré could not account for; during this time he had been moved. He woke to a sudden draft, and could not see. A light came towards him. He perceived only the casting aside of shadow, and a […]

The Lab-Grown Brain Makes a Prose Poem

Posted by ractrose on 25 Nov 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Lab-Grown Brain Makes a Prose Poem a.k.a.: Live Enthusiastically with Zest   Arthritis grows old, friend. Try sugaring the bacon. Celery is uniquely awful. Don’t dog Poor Me. By an elephant dies another. Or frying won’t kill, not in your lifetime. Ocean garbage is ghastly. Hideous waste, look there. Stall on first […]

Are You Haunted (part two)

Are You Haunted (part two)           The door broke apart. The rusted lower hinge gave under pressure, three of the punked verticals shredding at the bottom. Powell, not expecting the hinge to snap, had pulled too hard, and the door, pivoting away from his hand, had stubbed up against one of […]

The Day You Were Born (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Nov 2017 in Art, Poems

    The Day You Were Born   Cock an ear, your master’s voice, drip or pebble Distracting drumbeat, or is it heads-up Heads-up, Dodge Ball You can be the smart one, saw this coming When the world was blind You can find yourself at the center of a bridge A rope bridge, working itself […]

My Blog Week: Nov 12 to Nov 18

All the Latest from Torsade!                       The week began with A Figure from the Common Lot: Battlefront, this time seguing to section two of chapter one, “Imprisoned”. Honoré, having for Clotilde’s sake placed himself in the hands of the Prussians, has no proof to persuade them to […]

Imprisoned: part one

Posted by ractrose on 19 Nov 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (part one)         Honoré had composed what he felt was a rather poetic, stirring appeal to his readers. As yet, he must envision his readers. They might be refugees from the Paris suburbs; they might be soldiers of the national guard; they might be starving […]

Are You Haunted (part one)

            Are You Haunted (part one)     O happy living things! no tongue Their beauty might declare: A spring of love gushed from my heart And I blessed them unaware: Sure my kind Saint took pity on me, And I blessed them unaware.   Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Rime […]