Chiswick 1934: The German Spy (two)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Mar 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     Chiswick 1934   This area, where an up-and-comer rubs shoulders With the fraying shawl of gentility A lineage forged in lint And where underground commuters spot oddity Familiarly in circled eyes And fierce vampiric lights That pudding-skinned visages blanch into a sinister loneliness The chap whom […]

Tried in the Fire: episode twenty-six

Posted by ractrose on 29 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 10 Tried in the Fire (episode twenty-six)                 II.     By her watch, it was near 6:00 a.m. She had recognized the peremptory knock, a funny thing to realize you knew about someone; also, the early hour. But, for having slept in her skirt and […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Jealousy (part two)             My predictions earned me status in the Decima household as a prodigy. Or, if nothing more, a jester. Divorced now from any shadow of belief…which for myself I had never had (had wanted only, for the sake of those to whom I belonged, earnestly […]

Yoharie: Stalking (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Stalking (part one)               “Val said he didn’t want it. And I’m finished with it.” “Well…that’s fine.”   Walking down to the cul-de-sac, she’d seen him in his driveway. “What is wrong with Jeremiah Hibbler?” had been the thought crossing Giarma’s mind. Her eyes watched Trevor’s garage door […]

Tried in the Fire: Inimical (episode twenty-five)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 10 Tried in the Fire (episode twenty-five)           Greta walked ahead, then stopped in front of a bookshop, reading the titles on display. “I think,” she told him, “one day you’re going to meet someone…a lady reporter maybe—probably. You’ll walk with her along a city street, talking about books […]

Tried in the Fire: Inimical (episode twenty-four)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 10 Tried in the Fire (episode twenty-four)           She didn’t feel she could mention Lord Wrentsley by name, and couldn’t think how else to phrase the question of integrity, Geoffrey’s hard feelings not the point. “I thought our friends in London…” “Oh, don’t make such heavy weather of it! […]

Music to the Silent Spirit (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Mar 2018 in Art, Poems

    Music to the Silent Spirit   Each time a scale was shed The poor belabored beast reshod And every time the winch was turned A sleeve-end drawn and bunched The chain’s links locked A shocking tragedy   Unwanted weight dislodged with a careless tread Slumps from the precipice and polishes the surface like […]

TV Culture: Episodes (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Mar 2018 in Art, Poems

    Episodes   city life thickens the plot confined To a living room parochial A heavy laugh track, man and wife Taped to the carpet apron to tie Before a sofa black and white “Mess this up, I’m gonna kill ya!” “Try it and yer on yer own!” Ha. The kitchen through the window […]

Tried in the Fire: Inimical (episode twenty-three)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Inimical Chapter 10 Tried in the Fire (episode twenty-three)                 “Now all is finished one’s mind will be easy,” said he, and came home in the evening quite sleek and comfortable. The mouse asked what name had been given to the third child. “It won’t please you any […]

Advice for Misfits: The Snobberies

Posted by ractrose on 17 Mar 2018 in Nonfiction

My Curious Reading Advice for Misfits The Snobberies                  Change comes about when complying with a new idea is more rewarding than defying it. The reward may be pure gain (spring-cleaning your closets to earn a few bucks at a yard sale). Or, procrastination may reduce reward to […]