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 […]

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)         Honoré felt puzzled, as though remembering a dream. What had he been thinking? Michelet was Broughton’s hired man. He guessed, by the sound of footsteps approaching, that Michelet was not alone. But Honoré held Anne’s head on his lap, and could not stand […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

My Blog Week: Jan 14 to Jan 20

All the Latest from Torsade!                           In A Figure from the Common Lot: Imprisoned (part nine), Honoré, thoughts drifting as Michelet walks Mignonne, recalls how his money disappeared, and how he began his journey to the battlefront. Monday’s Inimical had Malcolm-Webb interviewing Kneussl […]

Passage: part one

Posted by ractrose on 21 Jan 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Passage (one)                   He did not know what he was saying to Bellet. He was making an excuse of stopping here, clinging to conversation with a man who had been something of a friend. “You see it’s no difference…they do not […]