La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-five)                           XXIX  An Observation of M. Muller The equipage of the doctor. Proof of instant death.     Some persons who have observed, from the first days, the fallen bodies in the streets of Saint-Pierre; […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part two)         He spun the wheel, and the number was ten. “Your move then. Take ten of my pieces, and place one of yours on the tenth square.” Rapid was the exchange of tests, up to perhaps the dozenth spin of the wheel. The board […]

My Blog Week: Feb 17 to Feb 23

Posted by ractrose on 24 Feb 2019 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                         The week began with the end of Tom’s view, in the novella Celebrated, and his lack of success at finding someone to confess to. In Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, Ethan gives material information to Viola, while Talou sees […]

A Cold Reception: Thirteenth Tattersby

Posted by ractrose on 22 Feb 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Tattersby         A Cold Reception   She’d written him a letter too confiding for a cold reception (Flying an enthusiasm, scientific enquiry, not…in his book) A girl of twenty…she has since learned her lesson 1911—April it was—she’d been introduced at Newmarket races to Mr. Ismay All so gay […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-four)                 The 18th, there was one more powerful, with detonations at the summit of the mountain, and quakings in the ground of the village. They collected ash and sent this to Fort-de-France, where it was analyzed by M. Mirville. And […]

My Blog Week: Feb 10 to Feb 16

Posted by ractrose on 17 Feb 2019 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                       Last Sunday, Folly features continued, with “The Hothouse Rose”, in which Lady Gimple still means to make conquests. On Monday, Yoharie’s “Neighborhood Watch” concluded, the reader learning Jeremiah Hibbler’s secret. In Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, Phillip pondered the depth […]

Newtons: First Battle Stations

Posted by ractrose on 16 Feb 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Battle Stations         Newtons   A handful of possible A handful of…reasonable A handful…well… Of fair, say… Ways you could explain Had done for the Newtons Baffled round the dire smell, hinting, not insisting… Possible, reasonable, fair…why, then, likelihood? (But just perhaps…and coming down to it…) a sort […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-three)             “The differences in burns could be explained by the explosive action of burning, of fire, on the muscles. Under this action, the most powerful are contracted, which puts the limbs in flexion; the weakest have been by force extended, and the […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five  Winter Alone (part one)                         I came by the outside steps, drew back the curtain from the door, saw in shuttered dark the sleeping porch, the quarters of Cime Decima’s slaves, and sniffed the air of it, by myself. Stol […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Feb 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)         “We’re raising kids. I get up every day and go to work. Jer, I mean.” She’d been going to work, saying this, his wife darting and grabbing, that shiny, shiny thing she did to her hair making it swing and hold together like liquid. He felt a […]