La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifteen

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifteen)                 “I saw from my window a thick cloud come out of the volcano. Its base reached as far as the peaks of Carbet. The summit’s billowing invaded the entire sky, to more or less six thousand meters. The cloud […]

The Totem-Maker: I Am the Cause (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Jul 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Three I Am the Cause (part two)               Come the morning, I had left Madla’s counting room. She might fairly suppose me returned to my master’s house…carry on, then, as Cime no doubt had given her permission. Lom would be sent for burning. With no ceremony […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part two)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part two)           Todwillow came to the neighborhood watch meeting, and told them they didn’t have a neighborhood watch. When, that time—as  he meant—they’d abortively tried having one. “You know, guys, there are actual ways of doing this.” He was on his feet and gesturing around, while the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fourteen

Posted by ractrose on 19 Jul 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fourteen)             “They followed, one upon another in a furious push, these black waves. One upon another in thunder, making the sea recoil. Shards…swirling… A sloop is projected 150 meters and comes to kill at my side one of my foremen. “I go […]

The Totem-Maker: I Am the Cause (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Jul 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Three  I Am the Cause (part one)             If in life, the Fates were not indifferent to us, and did not record in their Book merely the start and end of each wayfarer’s journey; if our sorrows, petty to them, were guided rather by a kind and […]

Like Hell (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jul 2018 in Art, Poems

      Like Hell   On your honor Or upon your oath Do swear to, or in association with (at any rate) Today you see there’s advantage in planning ahead Just where it tells most, go slot in a word That’s no one’s bond, assuredly not yours Not only because they used to Used […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirteen

Posted by ractrose on 12 Jul 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirteen)                           Those Who Have Seen    VIII. Some Interviews   How was the destruction at Saint-Pierre accomplished? By what force were they thrown to earth, set afire, these ruins through which, in so sorrowful a […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part ten)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Jul 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part ten)           Under the pavilion the women lounged, Lom and I fanned, and Madla’s servant carried samples to each, for rubbing between fingers, for admiring the shades of woven thread…two or three, or several…to the effect of one shimmering hue. From her book came samples, […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Jul 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part one)           Out along the edge of the landscaping—the spirea bushes and the Japanese lilac, the forsythia, the azalea, the “Aurica” juniper—Hibbler saw his daughter bent, crouch-walking the rubber strip, picking something and putting it in a bowl. The first owners had planted these shrubs long ago, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twelve

Posted by ractrose on 5 Jul 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twelve)             To raise a monument to the great emancipator, following I don’t know what baroque idea, they could not find a better place than the foyer of the theater. The philosopher’s image was to preside over the recreation of crowds amused by […]