Adventures in Research: Klan Signaling

Posted by ractrose on 30 Dec 2017 in Nonfiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Klan Signaling                               Don’t Break Up a Set   An integral aspect of conscientiously preserving history, is not allowing its component parts to become detached from the source. To offer a variation on the well-known […]

The Marigold Bowl (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Dec 2017 in Art, Poems

      The Marigold Bowl   The marigold bowl Iridescent with the polished soles of a river rat’s escape motions And carrying, in gaudy panoply of purple green On orange, a sense of occasion If the wise man, who must have been there, counseling Soft-core deadened by the light of a tiny screen Mind […]

On Marketing: Advice for Misfits

Posted by ractrose on 19 Dec 2017 in Nonfiction

My Curious Reading On Marketing: Advice for Misfits                   Misfits Are Made, Not Born   Just as you learn the language (with seeming effortlessness) of your household, you learn social skills by example and teaching, in the home and neighborhood, and don’t learn them if these things […]

On Taste: You and Society (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Dec 2017 in Nonfiction

      My Curious Reading On Taste: You and Society  (part two)             Canonized taste in the matter of poetry.     “A poem has to make me think…contain one striking image…illuminate the struggle of existence through intimate experience…”   Such statements may be gropings after a true value. […]

Heavenward (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Dec 2017 in Art, Poems

      Heavenward   Two years ago invented days worked themselves into the timekeeper’s calculations   The character, true or false The brilliance of coding every sound began to seem dunderheadedness The sentiment to still believe a sweater might forestall impoverishment Merry season on a Wednesday, celebrate the true faith on a Friday The […]

The Yellow Press: a mini-biography of the Sugar King

Posted by ractrose on 7 Dec 2017 in Nonfiction

My Curious Reading The Yellow Press: part one     The Yellow Press was not a term the reading public applied to journalism; it was a term newspapers used to excoriate one another. The feuds erupted notably in the year 1898, when America entered its war with Spain over Cuba. That same year, the term […]

Narrowing the Path (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Dec 2017 in Art, Poems

      Narrowing the Path   They came from stock of second, third, fourth best They let it be, temptation’s shoulder squeeze (less of you, more for me) Seeing unarticulated safety in hearing mirror likenesses giggle Seeing an alter ego seem to nod approval Everything cited some dense trick of the enemy Every foolish […]

Cry (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Dec 2017 in Art, Poems

      Cry   Floating below the wharf, he raps twice overhead With the handle of a hand-net, the stranger with no shoes And raffia hat, ambered at the crown with sweat Summoning his awkward date “Doesn’t matter,” is what he murmurs She has let a nervous laugh escape Forcing her to listen through […]

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Posted by ractrose on 3 Dec 2017 in The Latest

Subscribe! Subscribe! Subscribe! Torsade is my personal publishing house. It’s all on the blog: novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poems, art, essays. Click any post (try this one) and hit the Subscribe button!                    Subscribe! Torsade Literary Space   Right now my novel, A Figure from the Common Lot, […]