The Invisible Hand: Inimical (episode nine)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jan 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 4 The Invisible Hand (episode nine)                 “We must make provision for the winter,” said the cat, “or we shall suffer hunger. And you, little mouse, must not stir out, or you will be caught in a trap.”   The Cat and the Mouse in Partnership […]

A Small Exchange (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jan 2018 in Art, Poems

      A Small Exchange   A small exchange between the gutter and the feet Wet hosiery and someone letting off corrosive mirth And so having blocks to go She felt uncondoled I mourn with you among strangers Waiting for a split head to hiss out the steam That boils it The curiosity of […]

Turning the Corner: Inimical (episode eight)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Jan 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 3 Turning the Corner (episode eight)           “So she flings the earring away, seeing him, and Mr. Rousseau jumps, seeing her, and knocks the table over, and the mink stole spills out. Isobel asks him if he’s trying to be funny. He says, ‘I am never funny. So far […]

A Torsade Triolet

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jan 2018 in Art, The Latest

Hi, there!                 Table of Selected Contents Announcements The Cartoon House A Figure from the Common Lot Inimical The Impresario The Folly      

Turning the Corner: Inimical (episode seven)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jan 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 3 Turning the Corner (episode seven)           She brightened. “August’s mother was a Russian Jew. You could call his parents social improvers.” Stauber had confided, Greta in turn confided, that he’d often felt embarrassed by his mother. Unapologetic, Frau Doktor Stauber had visited the poor districts at the outskirts […]

Yoharie: Valentine

Posted by ractrose on 20 Jan 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Valentine                 “Valentine.” The manager’s name was Dawkins; they called him Donk…not clever, but for some reason supernaturally right. Donk’s habit was to cast an eye from Val’s hair to his shoes, a rape-threatening eye. It was the term Val and Sasha, in the kitchen, laughed over, […]

Turning the Corner: Inimical (episode six)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Jan 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 3 Turning the Corner (episode six)             Prompt and appropriate change of voice and manner in harmony with the changing effects of language, is indispensable to the art of expression. Discourse is often like the dissolving view, interesting and effective largely from its contrasts. It requires one or […]

Marketing for Misfits: Social Media

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jan 2018 in Nonfiction

My Curious Reading Marketing for Misfits: Social Media You are trying to sell your writing.         You don’t have hordes of friends; you don’t have a big, devoted, extended family who will follow you unconditionally and like all your posts. You need social media—because it allows you to get out of your […]

Poppets (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Jan 2018 in Art, Poems

      Poppets   This beanbag poppet with a muslin skin Made to dance on its stubs Given vocals pitched high Pinched out of a pocket to tell of How it lounges most hours in a hammock Wasting time There’s a second poppet Made of calico and yellow floss Your Savior did not teach […]

Soldiers of Peace: Inimical (episode five)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Jan 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 2 Soldiers of Peace (episode five)           After dropping his piece at a sub-editor’s desk, Malcolm-Webb used an office phone to make a series of inquiries. “Well, it was Boyle’s idea,” he told his listener, off-hand. An auditor would hear a reporter, following up leads. “You may accuse me […]