The St. Bernard Hotel: Hammersmith (eighteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Eighteen The St. Bernard Hotel           The St. Bernard Hotel had a back way in, that allowed a cab to draw to the curb; the front, which they’d trotted smartly past, being a narrow vermillion door next to a bay window stacked under a second-floor counterpart. And through this […]

Men (first): Eighth German Spy

Posted by ractrose on 30 Jun 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     Men (first)   He said, ‘Smile, Agnes. Always smile.’ Serna the milliner dispassionately surgical Limning his foundling’s looks She’d felt safe, so ill-prepared in going out Wounded and angry and oddly at home In Marseille he was mother to her, telling her ‘Your brows are too […]

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 Non-Fiction

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 up […]

My Blog Week: June 17 to June 23

All the Latest from Torsade!                           In this week’s Figure, part six of “Peas in a Pod”, Richard reunites with his father, helped along by Thomas’s kindness, and meets an old family acquaintance; on Monday, an Assorted Opinions, going back to the underlying […]

Peas in a Pod: part seven

Posted by ractrose on 24 Jun 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part seven)           Her private apartment, like her office, was furnished with articles that pleased the taste of Miss Haws. Embedded in the room’s upholstery, draperies, and carpet, was a scent of lavender, and a winter smell of coke. […]

Backborough Lane: Hammersmith (sixteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Sixteen Backborough Lane           Backborough Lane began with an infirmary, a blood-brick house with a high flight of steps and barred lower windows; these a handy place for youngsters among the throng waiting to be admitted, to clamber up and peer in at the treatment rooms. The angle of […]