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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bad Counsel (part three)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (part three)                   “Every one of these is rented,” Leo told her. He commented, peering at Andrée: “They gotta sweep the rug. What’s that doing?” He pointed to a ceiling panel, askew in its slot over the exit sign. Leo kicked away the […]

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 […]