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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bad Counsel (part one)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (one)             This is one of the bigger things, this teaching of lessons. We descend a hill, soon to stand among the cattails at the lip of the frog pond, with Andrée and Sam Magruder, a man who may be her father. Here is Leo Magruder’s […]

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 you […]

Battlefront: part six

Posted by ractrose on 5 Nov 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Battlefront (six)         To stop here was to throw away every chance but one; yet all roads must now lead to imprisonment or death. He might be dragged from this shelter…and they would ask him, “Why do you hide?” He might flee and be halted by […]

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 calls […]