The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part nine)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jun 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part nine)           It was full autumn, when winds blow from seawards, and dells ringing our land at the height of a long, descending pitch from the mountaintops, yield scents of change, mineral exhalations from the chimneys of the earth, the let veins of dying greenery, […]

Having a Treat: Hammersmith (seventeen)

Hammersmith Chapter Seventeen Having a Treat           A sofa—with a blanket draped along the seat, trailing the scant carpet; a pillow on the seat, and one on the floor—was taking the wall under the windows, leaving clearance for only this rug and a little chest. Jane’s sewing table filled the angled […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: eleven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (eleven)               But what, far better than phrases, will permit your trying to imagine this destruction, are photographs. I have brought back many. I am publishing some. See these, consider these…a countryside of crushed stone. And crushed, for certain quarters, is a […]

The Yellow Press: William Randolph Hearst

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jun 2018 in Nonfiction

The Yellow Press A mini-bio of William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951)                   America’s most recognized name in newspaper barons, W. R. Hearst, was also an active figure in politics; a collector, a real estate investor, a media mogul, who came into public […]

That Wrath (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Jun 2018 in Art, Poems

      That Wrath   He could not be accused of smiling still Did (as in old speech) the sun hold prophecy She held these signs In her cloudless cabochon On frosty ground no evil thing takes root But here seed-heads of autumn grass Boil, and the salt-estuary boils Any bitterns with their bills […]

Assorted Opinions: The Green-Eyed Monster

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jun 2018 in Nonfiction

        Assorted Opinions The Green-Eyed Monster               On a bad family vacation in 1989…a time when my father was, for some reason, going through a Rush Limbaugh phase…we (as people who have bad family vacations do) were tussling over the radio. If it had been pop […]

The New Bogossus (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jun 2018 in Art, Poems

        The New Bogossus   Not less of dash and balder—Mencken’s meme Nor so dignified as Nixon’s “not a crook” Yet gusts such that the phrase “retarding wind” Seems summoned forth midst rhetoric run amok A mighty personality bestrides The neo-conner’s erstwhile throne of reason Mother of Jesus! the disenfranchised cry Democracy’s […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: ten

Posted by ractrose on 21 Jun 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (ten)               It seems to me, when my memory before my eyes evokes the spectacle…it seems to me that I become stupid again, as I was made when the boat had stopped, when a canoe landed me on the beach. Once, from […]

Yoharie: Report from the Trenches (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Jun 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Report from the Trenches (part two)               She was sensitive to the critic’s take. Of walls (stone), that she’d seen erected a million times—“Get a sense of humor”; “Grow a thicker hide”…and the several variations: “C’mon, the guys are just letting off steam”; “I dunno…that stuff doesn’t bother […]

Assorted Opinions: A Cross Between

Posted by ractrose on 18 Jun 2018 in Nonfiction

    A Cross Between             As Torsade’s mission in part, is always to stand for misfits and outsiders, and to help in any way possible disassembling the bullies’ toolkit, the serious question of humor keeps cropping, and needs addressing analytically—whenever we see another rearing-of-the-head, of: “My offense was only […]