On Taste: You and Society (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Nov 2017 in Nonfiction

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 […]

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 […]

Yoharie: Giarma Meets Trevor 

Posted by ractrose on 7 Nov 2017 in Fiction, Novels

 Yoharie  Giarma Meets Trevor                  Roberta swore…or she didn’t swear… She avowed, maybe. Dr. Witticombe wasn’t a friendly woman, per se. She didn’t have brio, among her habits of speech. She was, Giarma considered, sort of an exasperated wizard. She came out of her home study, imparted the […]

Corey Jack: American Expatriate

Posted by ractrose on 6 Nov 2017 in Art, Poems

      American Expatriate   The colony encourages braggadocio Gives heart to the gringo’s lean Grinding poverty, as the phrase goes A powder mill A testing ground for the half-baked Loaf, the hilltop house with its big glass views Air-conditioned, the car garaged TV rotten, but you get videotapes Porn, lots of porn, if […]

While We Talk | The Cat Sprang Up (two poems)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Nov 2017 in Art, Poems

      While We Talk   That is merely a trial taking place in the next room Making the dogs bark Their keening furnishes a kind of proof All legitimate things must be tested three times Water rises While we talk of instability I shan’t interrupt myself again…but you’ll note Pathetic cries replace the […]

On Taste: You and Your Peers (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Nov 2017 in Nonfiction

My Curious Reading On Taste: You and Your Peers               The Sleek and the Fat     One style writers often see praised by advice-givers is the “pared down”; sometimes called the Hemingway-esque. Pared-down hews to the nut of truism, marches ahead in noun, verb, noun, verb cadence; lets, […]