Demimonde (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Apr 2018 in Art, Poems

      Demimonde   Starting fresh a heart for bold endeavor The probing intellect makes like an inspector For as the renovators have the door ajar The walls pulled down floes of plaster Pushed by traversing traffic to shore Up against sawbucks chunks of gear Where cords lie plugged together The tiles hexagonal shorn […]

And Still (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Apr 2018 in Art, Poems

      And Still   And still, they know nothing of laying pipes, or stacking bricks They would be curious and agog at these Shyly confer upon themselves nobility Of feeling, of sensitivity To let the layers lay and the stackers stack And still, they know nothing of policing streets Certain they have not […]

Assorted Opinions: Unnecessary Words

Posted by ractrose on 27 Apr 2018 in Nonfiction

Assorted Opinions One Size Fits None                       Have you ever felt that when a celebrated author flouts Strunk and White-ish dos and don’ts (passive voice, adverbs, use of, that vs. which, etc.), her trailblazing gives hope to the little people? (And every time you’re told […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: two

Posted by ractrose on 26 Apr 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (two)                 The fifth of May, when the volcano ravaged the valley of the Rivière-Blanche, and the approaches to the Prêcheur, he alerted Paris. The sixth of May, when the volcano, in devastating the valley of the Rivière des […]

Please Help (part one)

Short Stories Please Help (part one)           The accent came fleetingly to his attention…and he saw no reason to care about it. People came from different places. Milton’s hand moved fish-like, a swath of metal buttons cleared by the gesture. Everywhere they wanted punch-codes. Easy getting them, though. “Hey, I locked […]

Yoharie: Totem-World

Posted by ractrose on 24 Apr 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Totem-World             “There’s speculation Southey only did it as a kind of meta-joke…not to be inclusive, the way we talk about it now, but just to make a puzzle. One no one could work out the answer to. The few times his publisher issued any communication from him…I say […]

Explication (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Apr 2018 in Art, Poems

      Explication   Morbid feet on a ruminant’s road They are speaking likenesses of nervous rounding More than an anthropologist’s brush off An antelope’s roaming is found to be enough By epoch’s end we have all gone soft And taken to occupy our cushions gravely fanning a white layer of flesh Wise to […]

Translation: Jean Hess, La Catastrophe de la Martinique (one)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Apr 2018 in Translation

      Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique   (notes of a reporter)     1902           To the lost souls of forty thousand of Saint-Pierre I dedicate this work of a reporter.         Preface       Forty thousand victims… This statistic is not exact […]

May Day: Flash Fiction

May Day                   Gougher, the man Dria had thought he ought to sponsor, the man who’d undertaken digging a pond with a shovel, the man who suffered, in some way Dria’s church friends were too delicate to ask… Anthony Vrenick had the thing in mind. If Gougher […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Apr 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Jealousy (part three)           Now, the owners of these fields were townsmen. The town, behind its wall, sat central to the plateau, sited high in a bowl among fertile slopes; these descending from a naked peak leagues off, and trimmed by Cime’s boundary road. This, for a space, ran […]