Assorted Opinions: The Green-Eyed Monster

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jun 2018 in Non-Fiction

        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 sword […]

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 […]

Tactical Exercises: Hammersmith (fifteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Fifteen Tactical Exercises           Mrs. Frieslander volunteered to work the tuning forks. The weight of these had nearly burst the seams of Minnie’s reticule, as she recalled, back then… She hardly knew what to think of herself. She said this aloud. Mrs. Frieslander held the fork in abeyance. Ruby […]

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 Non-Fiction

    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 […]

My Blog Week: June 10 to June 16

All the Latest from Torsade!                             This week, in A Figure from the Common Lot: Peas in a Pod (part five), Richard has a serious fight with Lawrence, and ends up feeling he bears the weight of the world alone. Monday, The […]

Peas in a Pod: part six

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jun 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part six)             Haws went on: “Being complete in her devotion to our great reforming cause, my cousin bought this property…” He came to a standstill here. His remarks seemed to dissatisfy him, but Haws jumped to his […]

Lonely in Its Reckoning: German Spy (seven)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Jun 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     Lonely in Its Reckoning   Agnes justified on the day of her promotion The old women to her sister’s marriage filing The church gained down pitched channels Mostly arid, stepped by feast and famine Fiery sky…and flood Fiery sky And flood again    neighbours dressed in veils […]

Want Nothing Will Write: Hammersmith (fourteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Fourteen Want Nothing Will Write           Aimee had taken one seat, facing the caboose, and Hogben had taken a prod from the passenger behind’s umbrella. He scuttled between seats and came to rest across from her, murmuring, “Pardon me, Mack.” “Well, here we are.” Aimee offered this, and her […]