Imprisoned: part seven

Posted by ractrose on 31 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (seven)         Glancing up, he found himself regarded narrowly. “It is no matter to send for references. I am newly arrived in Paris…this was what I had begun to say. Today you will see for yourself the sort of work I am able to do.” […]

Adventures in Research: Klan Signaling

Posted by ractrose on 30 Dec 2017 in Non-Fiction

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 George Santayana quote (“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned […]

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 hungry […]

From Cliff-Head: sample from The Totem-Maker

Posted by ractrose on 27 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie The Totem-Maker: From Cliff-Head (sample)           From my aerie, I could see a soft and bluish stretch of coastland, struck at times by sun, blackened others by the undersides of clouds. The grain fields, limning the foothills above, flared ocher in this light of late autumn, and I let a daydream […]

Bad Counsel (part five)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (five)           In the whole class there were no male students. Andrée exchanged a sheepish half-smile with another girl, acknowledging they’d be losers if they actually worked on their project, and both bent over their phones. At the end of the class, the teacher clapped his hands. […]

Imprisoned: part six

Posted by ractrose on 24 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (six)         “Honoré, I am not wanted yet…and I am off to the cellar anyway to fetch my lamp and stick. I can show you how to work the press, if you would care to learn. And there are one or two chores I will […]

On Marketing: Advice for Misfits

Posted by ractrose on 19 Dec 2017 in Non-Fiction

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 are […]

Imprisoned: part five

Posted by ractrose on 17 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot  Imprisoned (five)         With morose anxiety Michelet studied him do so. “We will stop for the day.” “No, no. Never mind what Broughton tells you.” They had barely begun. Honoré by now had gained some inkling of that phrase Broughton used…if, in this “having something to […]

Bad Counsel (part four)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (four)             Saturday, Karen had asked if she had anything to wash. Andrée scooped up everything lying on the foot of the bed, the chair back, the bathroom rug. Sunday, Karen would take a carload of boxes to the new place and be gone all day. […]

On Taste: You and Society (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Dec 2017 in Non-Fiction

    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. Your own values are […]