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 flakes […]

My Blog Week: April 22 to April 28

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Figure from the Common Lot, Book Two, Chapter Two, section ii, concluded this week, with the Everard family’s sad history reaching one of its culminations. On Monday, “Explication”, a new poem; Tuesday a new segment […]

Gone Before: part one

Posted by ractrose on 29 Apr 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Gone Before (part one)               Verbena tucked her wiping rag into her apron band and slipped along the cupboard, her skirts brushing Honoré as he knelt at Ebrach’s trunk. She went to her husband’s chair, taking only his fingertips in hers. “Richard! I […]

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 and […]

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 […]

The Professor’s Fate: Hammersmith (three)

Hammersmith Chapter Three The Professor’s Fate           He’d sat up in bed, and heard the rain still pelting, rat-a-tat-tatting off some plane of the inner house, where a leak had sprung. He’d known he wouldn’t sleep. The roar of the deluge appeared soporific enough for the Professor, curled on the bed’s […]

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 keep […]