Friendly Maude McKinley (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Jul 2018 in Art, Poems

      Friendly Maude McKinley   Seeing hands hate Make sense of Spain and blighter hate And other handwriting thrown sideways hate To meander contrary to the bristles hate Of a strong foreslant hate For, long ago stock was put in this hate Pity the backslanter hate You would guess minor community leaders hate […]

Chickens in a Mood to Roost: Hammersmith (twenty-six)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Six Chickens in a Mood to Roost           An unusual sight greeted Minnie and Shaw, as they strolled onto Hammersmith’s Main Street. Had either newcomer known it, that a family-sized carriage, one confiding wealth—in that its brass lamps shined, their glass intact; the side panels were of a glowing […]

You Never See It Coming: Hammersmith (twenty-five)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Five You Never See It Coming           He had lost out on the chance to get up to Philly and talk in private with le Fontainebleau. Even this, thinking of it, irritated Shaw…not merely because he was soft on Aimee Bard, and might have permitted—for the duration of a […]

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 […]

Fair Enough (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jul 2018 in Art, Poems

      Fair Enough   Having a penetrating sort of vision That pierces fuselage Pares the sea-floor to viscerate the hull Of the queen of Atlantis’s barge And pixelates figures of varying density And having no soundtrack flings of panic Or pain vaporing implosive motions Perturbate the heated air around Their persons like tiny […]

A Novelty Act: Hammersmith (twenty-four)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Four A Novelty Act           “I can’t tell you why, but for some reason a fried egg will always get a laugh. And so I had one cemented to the first plate, with two strips of bacon…rubber, of course…the plate was a round of enameled iron, like your kitchen […]

View Halloo: Hammersmith (twenty-three)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Three View Halloo           Swan’s lodging house…or private business of some other type…began its intercourse with the visitor in a sunlit parlor, flanked by closed doors. Hogben, for having breakfasted at Aimee’s, ridden on a train, walked a half-dozen city blocks to Krabill’s, gone by cab to lunch at […]

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 […]