Amygdala (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Dec 2018 in Art, Poems

    Amygdala   Crab work In a dark inhuman light Now standing with averted eyes ushering this treading foot squelch on the blue-taped snaking cable A worker in a tie-on vest clamps and hoists the car pending the revolution A woman and her elderly mother don’t suspect They will ride the spider They comply […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Dec 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part five)           These steps, plain habit took him through. He looked, as he walked his beat, for new ideas, ones that could shed a forgiving light on the burden of his theme. Hibbler’s parade of memories, trodden out as he checked one side of the street, cars […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-four)                           XXI  Interview with M. LAGARRIGUE A moving voyage aboard the Rubis, on the morning of the 8th     Lagarrigue, confessor of Saint-Pierre is, I do believe, the only man of the cloth of […]

Each Nerve: Sixth Wake

Posted by ractrose on 12 Dec 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Wake     Each Nerve   She sails, within a fortnight, the Bowfin Wake, relieved, or like a living man Entombed, soon, shall heft aside the grinding lid And breathe He cannot whisper his secret heart to Howitt As a maiden sister might…though his friend invites it Howitt’s intimacy with vein […]

Fill It Up Again (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Dec 2018 in Art, Poems

    Fill It Up Again   Your climbing crowds you in In the way your legs jam with kin into a record-smashing Replication of nature’s law for Forcing symmetry on monocellular things Neither can you break into wing, or sink The inside of this bucket wasn’t meant To galvanize your dancing eyes With the […]

The Answer Is No Answer (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Dec 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Answer is No Answer   9927 6996 3334 upstairs Milton the cold caller does better With notes in his own hand and a pin, a survivor’s pin To finger and his friend Chalmers Feels that he will never laugh Stop this silence, stop it now Animalist nations, their guns broken open The […]

Truth for the Victim: Fifth Wake

Posted by ractrose on 7 Dec 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Wake     Truth for the Victim   Wake has become lost Three summonings have failed to raise him   ‘But,’ M. de Clieux says, ‘the case is odd. This woman, …like them all,’ he laughs, ‘confuses me. What is the dénouement?’ To the expert (that nobleman from Rennes) in dead […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-three)             “The 21st, the crater still smoked a great deal. “The 22nd, the mission left and worked as usual. We recognized, as had been announced by the Suchet, that the city had changed in aspect. This time, the ruin is consumed. Everything […]

Infinite Fall (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Dec 2018 in Art, Poems

    Infinite Fall   When a right hand chooses wrong Just this Tick of the clock packed in dry ice Your trigger finger hangs, a tic decides What you’ve done, agreeing with advice What you were a minute past Just that What you are carved on your headstone Name, digitoria of birth and death […]

The Lab-Grown Brain Makes a Stage Drama (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Dec 2018 in Art, Poems

    The Lab-Grown Brain Makes a Stage Drama   Act One Scene one.   A railcar. Enter umbrella with small luggage.   SNORMAN — Good morrow, my lady queen. I come traversing miles unto thee to offer this explanatory start, wherein I serve only to introduce.   KING — Aye, tis like enough.   […]