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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Now Requesting Action (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Mar 2018 in Art, Poems

      Now Requesting Action   All places unbelongers unbelong Equally are home, all household words Equal to expression of mundanity Unworldly this household is freeheld Like the angle of a cell constructs a shell Like a marriage of two fiefdoms must Superadd a garment to a crust The foot inside the boot sold […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part one)           My place was on a sleeping porch where all the slaves of the house had their pallets. I had traveled for a day, then half another, forced to do this blindfold; allowed to see my bread and leg of fowl by the campfire, […]

Yoharie: Dawn

Posted by ractrose on 7 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Dawn                 Dawn tapped, passed the open door at Giarma’s sigh, leading with a hanger and floral skirt. She said: “Here!” And her stepdaughter (frustrated again, interpreting a call for attention as a request for action) edged round in her chair. “Oh, I couldn’t wear that!” They […]

Yoharie: Jeremiah (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Mar 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Jeremiah (part two)               Giarma Yoharie, bending into the trunk of her car, tensing up. Cathlyn Burris jogging, flipping a hand at him; Roberta Witticombe standing with her camera, deaf to him. Getting a shot, for some reason, of her window boxes. Well, he knew the reason. She […]