My Blog Week: Sept 23 to Sept 29

All the Latest from Torsade!                           Élucide returns from a night away, with a different pair of dinner guests, in Sunday’s A Figure from the Common Lot; on Monday, this week’s episode of Haunt of Thieves; on Tuesday, Sequence of Events, with Junior Durco visiting […]

Élucide: part six

Posted by ractrose on 30 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part six)             The sensation, within the house of Gremot, and the import, of Mr. Ebrach’s ceremony at the Everards’, had been potent; yet the event so extraordinary, so anomalous, that Papa’s response to Ziegler’s intelligence was, until the following morning, silence. It […]

Celebrated (part five)

Novella Celebrated (part five)         Because she’d given this talk. Who’d stolen what, never named; Dr. Motley disappointed, not angry. She wanted the plagiarist to know simply, that—don’t you think?—this was too much energy to devote to failure, when so little more would lead to success. There was help available, if you […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part two)           “Be seated, vlan.” Lady Nyma rose, and the Prince obeyed her, even the hauteur falling from his face, but contempt in the hand waving off sitters across the aisle. In this way, I was beside him, though separate, and […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-four)         “Decrais?” “Just so. Mouttet was only an instrument. Mouttet obeyed. You could well say that he died a hero, a victim of professional duty if, from professional duty for a governor of Martinique, you hear absolute obedience to the minister of the colonies, […]

Mystical (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Sep 2018 in Art, Poems

    Mystical   A tribute to your thoughts Brother Nostrazerof**k The gift of seeing first is yours That tweet you called it Months ago when others snored Coincidence is the crossing Of a tool’s path with the genius Groove laid down by his new master   You wake in the mornings Tapped on the […]

Sequence: Brickbats (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Four Brickbats (part two)           In her bedroom, she slipped Stanley’s communication under her mattress. She went to her vanity, and smeared cold cream on her face, wiping away the powder and lipstick she always wore…for there was always the possibility of being surprised. Their neighbors found […]

Haunt of Thieves: part five

Posted by ractrose on 24 Sep 2018 in Art, Poems

    Haunt of Thieves Part Five   The sun lights Aantahah’s teeth like molten gold and falls Fang-red through burning crevices of rock Gafeidda’s boot-soles tread clay, tortured in ice-forms The Shepherd sings prayer at the hour of offering Aantahah mei’capeddre vorsairct Mei’capeddre vorsac (Ancient Father accept my sacrifice to you Accept my sacrifice) […]

My Blog Week: Sept 16 to Sept 22

All the Latest from Torsade!                           In Sunday’s A Figure from the Common Lot, Élucide is sent away for the night, on suspicion of being pert with Ebrach; on Monday, allegorical poem Haunt of Thieves, part four. Tuesday, a new poem, “Milieu”, first of a series inspired […]

Élucide: part five

Posted by ractrose on 23 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part five)           “Fern! See what I’ve brought!” “Fannie, how are you?” They came close to synchronizing these non sequiturs and might, trading them, have considered themselves squared for hellos. The basket occurred every month. The imported foods department at Rutherford’s was not the […]