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 […]

No Stake in the Game (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 28 May 2018 in Art, Poems

      No Stake in the Game   The hour seemed hot And the malefactor not alone in gauging how the wind was blowing conditions dry enough like sarcasm Imagine     towering figures turning brat     Marshall plan negotiators men like that gnomes, they prove, listening under toadstools Galloping gourmands    Saturns never wrong…that is…never a wrong […]

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 […]

Only One: German Spy (six)

Posted by ractrose on 25 May 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy         Only One   The genius Falco has put his eye on a newish house of brick Newish house with newish tile-capped wall, fatly hipped Just under this, on the garden side, roses, that predictable Middle-class person’s garish choice A treacly morbid pink Insistently like […]

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 Loath of Oilty (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 19 May 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Loath of Oilty   You, the undersigned Sacrifice your present ha ppiness for future winnings The future is the be st place for be ach combings and the shaking out I saw the shine Of a crushing double blood Macchiato lime twist with a cinnamon stick Moonbeam Bearing heavy on the vanishing […]