Boat Rentals (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Jan 2018 in Art, Poems

    Boat Rentals   She tilts up a shutter Her cart is cereal-box proportioned Plywood corners puff like biscuits Coated flyspecks score like nail tips   She issues metal tokens Her hair Grey with a cast of butter Lanking it iridescent like an abalone The bones say pretty met misfortune   Hours of commerce […]

Tourmaline: Cadisk (part two)

Tourmaline Cadisk (part two)         Or poetry, as Anton had. A last testament, as Frederick. If you were busy matching colored squares, you might ignore permission to write. As you liked. The other person she saw, was the Hidtha woman who came to take up sheets and towels, replace them. It was […]

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     […]

My Blog Week: Jan 21 to Jan 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                             Sunday’s A Figure from the Common Lot: Passage (part one), Honoré has a trying train ride to Compiègne; under new pressures, he comes to doubt Broughton’s good will. In the first Inimical of the week, from “Turning […]

Passage: part two

Posted by ractrose on 28 Jan 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Passage (two)         Before he’d quite got himself turned, he saw her vanish. He began to fall behind, his way obtruded, not by strollers, but by the wooden hand-grips of delivery carts, projecting along the way at reckless angles. She had got well ahead, and was […]

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 this fall […]

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 never try to be funny. So […]

Cadisk: seventh Tourmaline (part one)

Tourmaline Cadisk (part one)           Nothing netted any longer from the ocean, the harbor and all its traffic suborned to a use, the district peopled only with transients, intractable Jocelynists, the never-seen detainees…Cadisk was a coastal town with a prison economy. Residents were less happy than inmates. They could never leave […]

Song of Trout: Eighth Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jan 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight     Song of Trout   There is no harm in others underestimating one’s fortitude Matthew Piers Trout has reason to be sure of it Sure as he’d known, from school days, loneliness mutate into priestly hauteur Mysteries performed behind the darkroom door Life given […]

A Torsade Triolet

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