La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seven

Posted by ractrose on 31 May 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seven)                       I have rediscovered an old and very dear friend. A friend of my young years. We go out to dinner, to a place for admiring the scene of apocalypse which the sky—if you prefer, the atmosphere—offers […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 30 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part seven)           Sente got nothing from the gods as to wealth. Of course, my master’s humor must break the solemnity at least once…he quipping in low voice that his friend could hide gold so cunningly, even the gods did not perceive it. But I pleased […]

Yoharie: Old Flames

Posted by ractrose on 26 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Old Flames (part one)           Thanks to this habit of thinking things through, idled in fair contentment on his adjustable bed…maybe prompted by all those daytime shows (Yoharie liked his TV going, the noise didn’t bother the birds), during which all those women hosts called a lot of bullshit on […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: six

Posted by ractrose on 24 May 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (six)                           IV.  At Fort-de-France Ashes and Terrors Black Fears. White Fears. Blue Fears.     Zulima has not lied. She has barely exaggerated. Fort-de-France is sad. The city seems to go forth from a bad […]

Assorted Opinions: What Can You Laugh At

Posted by ractrose on 23 May 2018 in Nonfiction

  What Can You Laugh At (Only joking)   We seem to live, these days, in the “it takes one to know one” era. Those most likely to taunt others, with a motive of dominance, silencing, or plain cruelty, or to openly aggress on them with nothing that lives in the neighborhood of humor, are […]

Adventures in Research: Garfield Edition

Posted by ractrose on 21 May 2018 in Nonfiction

        Adventures in Research: Garfield Edition   I’m currently writing All Bedlam Courses Past, the sequel to A Figure from the Common Lot. In Bedlam, the assassination of President James A. Garfield, (shot July 2, 1881, died September 19), bears on the characters’ lives…and the interest, for me as author, is in those […]

Decoration Day (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 21 May 2018 in Art, Poems

      Decoration Day   There is a gentling terrain Of tussocked bluestem parchment brown Straw that compliments a bloom Turning the new leaves glaucous Color schemed by negligence Sallow below, a bloodless husk calicoed into cloth And lichen over stone and marbled bone Verdigris, vanilla…moss viridian Will here be advertised by name An […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 18 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part six)               My next choice had been the better one. Although when Sente beckoned me indoors, and his servant—that officious sort, inevitable, who elevates himself wherever two or three are gathered to one purpose—had brandished a flat palm at Lom (making…only feebly…to stand), […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (five)                         II.   Before the Volcano (On the way to Saint-Pierre, at sunset)     The land! It is always there at the end of a voyage, an impatience, a quivering, when we approach land. The […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 11 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part five)         Any fortune indicated within a base-up triangle was taken reversed; and the four directions of the wind were the houses into which one’s spirit had been born. The north, of the intellect; east, of love. The south, of concealment; west, of the flesh. I […]