Celebrated (part one)

Novella Celebrated (part one)                           He is disappointed in the hope of regaining his lost health. Week after week, month after month, year after year, he waits for the termination of his sufferings. He tries applying the remainder of his strength to such […]

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 Had […]

My Blog Week: July 22 to July 28

All the Latest from Torsade!                           Honoré, unendearing to his relative, settles in the summer house, and recalls more of his journey, in this Sunday’s A Figure from the Common Lot: The House of Gremot (part three). Monday, a poem, “Fair Enough”; Tuesday, […]

The House of Gremot: part four

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jul 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Gremot (part four)                     Cobb Grange Braintree, Essex 2nd, February, 1875   My dear Gremot,   You may well imagine my delight at receiving some six of your letters, bundled together and wrought upon with quizzical inscriptions […]

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 walkers […]