La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-one)                           Among the Experts   XXVI  A Guardian of Sanitary Regulations   Protests All Down the Line     A man who truly is no longer content, not at all, with the governmental and administrative […]

Sum of (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Jan 2019 in Art, Poems

    Sum of   Long patience, the sort a society of resurrectionists Calls its like-to-like decode of Low resonance A Plan, cryptographical embed, that which Sifts the dead-weight from the Superman A blat from the alpenhorn In figure Reverbs of duty-bound orders, secret Errants who have stood Before the longbow, and sacrificed the ear […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part three)             “Did you tell me…” He stopped. Madolyn sighed over this relapse…a sigh distracted, gustier than she’d meant. “Go on.” She scooted the chair to his bedside. “What did I tell you?” He could not have seen Freda Murchison, but […]

Side of Life (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Jan 2019 in Art, Poems

    Side of Life   A stranger draws a curtain Of stories across the stage his sex is judged To be male At length there is no hiding The thoughts of the silent dying captured In the act of uncorking the bottle The reasons people think Bent over gallon jugs decanting Cup by cup […]

My Blog Week: Jan 20 to Jan 26

All the Latest from Torsade!                             The week began with a poem, “One Day the Rest”. In Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, “The Heron’s Foot” part two, Freda gets shuttled to a lecture and into a small job for a stranger. Wednesday, another […]

Roscoe Bevington: Tenth Tattersby

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jan 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Tattersby     Roscoe Bevington   I feel cheated. Yes, cheated, in a profound and unexpected way You won’t like crediting Roscoe Bevington with profundity Not least because, educated as you’ve been You no doubt cherish philosophy as franchise Don’t much take to it, a wrong’un like myself Waxing Aristotelian on […]

Celebrated (part eight)

Novella Celebrated (part eight)               She stirred. He said, “Hold it!” And: “Here. I’ll trade places with you.” He plucked at the zipper of her open parka, squeezing past. Tom wore a jeans jacket, his hands fairly numb. He brought the Kodak’s viewer to his eyeball, dropped the knapsack to […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty)                           XXV A conversation with former deputy M. Duquesnay   An explanation of the phenomenon. And again, politics…   M. Duquesnay is the deputy not reelected from Fort-de-France. He did not give me details on […]

The Blue Bird (part three)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part three)               The person who lived here, number 46, had gone someplace. They’d all gone someplace. She went back down the hall…rattling knobs along the way, aggressive. She got to the landing, and turned to watch. No door tentatively inched back. No head […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jan 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part two)             The West Market Café served weak coffee with its blue plate special. This, chops, peas, and fried potatoes. Feeling herself foreign to the neighborhood, Freda ate and drank, and kept a fixated gaze on her own hands. Mr. Bruner, […]