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, […]

The Cook: part two (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Jul 2018 in Art, Poems

      The Cook: part two   Seeks he in his master’s forest fallen limbs Or standing deadwood; he begins to notice birds Flock from tree to tree One carols as though lord of finches The cook clouts his staff against a stone And when the song and chatter ceases He is alone. Alone, […]

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 […]

Assorted Opinions: Hate for You, Hate for Me

Posted by ractrose on 5 Jul 2018 in Nonfiction

    Hate for You, Hate for Me               I had the wrong idea about gossip. I thought people sowed hatefulness by putting a bad name on someone; accusing another of having done something:   “Look out, Ben steals people’s stuff.” “Maggie smokes in the bathroom.” “Jack’s resume is […]

You’ve Lost Me (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Jul 2018 in Art, Poems

      You’ve Lost Me   Might a laugh be excused Only let play and withdrawn a second after Only the news a second time Making chapter two in the book of failed tries Ironed flat between stronger signals the man who shrieked old one who consoled the flickering intercom I’m sorry think then […]

The Cook: part one (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Jul 2018 in Art, Poems

      The Cook: part one   His armor-clad henchmen heralded By the ring of metal only, efface behind pillars That the king May like a friend stroll entering   Here in pits over embers roast Pigs and goats on great spits skewered; And by scullions leathern-visaged Bred to the kitchen fire tended Warned […]