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 […]

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 […]

My Blog Week: Jan 20 to Jan 26

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jan 2019 in The Latest

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 […]

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 […]

One Day the Rest (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Jan 2019 in Art, Poems

      One Day the Rest   You’ve reached that head-scratching stall A sporting set of wheels is trundling, but Leggy and eggy in conception, you ratchet off Your grace and rhythm paced, more or less Like a flat tire’s Ba-whump ba-whump And if you could die, you would die to a tune Your […]

My Blog Week: Jan 13 to Jan 19

Posted by ractrose on 20 Jan 2019 in The Latest

All the latest from Torsade!                             This week began with a poem, “Comfortingly”; then, on Tuesday, the latest Sequence of Events, in which Freda tries to see Martin and gets an odd sense of background activities afoot. Wednesday, “Not Wanted Here”, the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-nine)             They even itemized facts: They said that for the common man, the factory owner pressured by the weekly wage, the new management did not accept his documents, the receipts of deposit; the new order raised the objection, they said, that the […]

Not Wanted Here: Ninth Tattersby

Posted by ractrose on 16 Jan 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Tattersby         Not Wanted Here   Awkward. He reminds himself he’d said it to the host Not long ago. He’d meant Fiona. Tattersby. And the awkwardness was Sex. Well, but…the guest says, temporizing. In this dense fog, strolling with somnambulant, cautious footing, he feels the sheen of mist […]

Comfortingly (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Jan 2019 in Art, Poems

      Comfortingly   Why, sun in sky, heart on fire Chimneying throat to brain Befogging vision, bothering the rain Belting diphthongs, oohs for blues Or why do fools   Set their hair aflame Be the wick-end of a honeycomb taper A little eco-chico a moth won’t pay for Scorns its enticer for this […]