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 universe […]

Imprisoned: part four

Posted by ractrose on 10 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

 A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (four)         Biencourt placed his cup and saucer on the floor. Honoré heard his footsteps on the carpet cross behind the armchair. Broughton’s gaze, he noticed, followed Biencourt. To see what Biencourt was about, Honoré shifted elbows onto knees, the woolen cloth of his coat […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 7 Dec 2017 in Non-Fiction

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 emerged […]

Bad Counsel (part three)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (part three)           He was selling the property. He rattled each unit’s knob, with the woman (her tennis skirt and visor, Andrée thought, were like from one of those catalogs, with the electric scooters and inflatable pillows, that the old lady tenants got) following him along 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 ritual […]

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 a […]

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Imprisoned: part three

Posted by ractrose on 3 Dec 2017 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (three)         He saw that the house had fallen into silence because they had all gone, and he was alone. He could remember something of this room…the white-washed ceiling and diamond-paned windows, whose pattern cast on the floor milky coin-dots of light. The corner, shuttered […]