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; […]

Doctrine (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Feb 2019 in Art, Poems

    Doctrine   They said there was a sage and revered man Who for his vows spoke never, but did chant The psalms, his mien aloft of earthly cares And soul among the blessed…this was known A bird of fields, he, counted it a break with God A deeper thing than ordinary sin To […]

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

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 […]

The Earth Unseeded (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Feb 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Earth Unseeded   Entering as they would, vi-ah Unlocked galleries feeding sitting rooms apathetic Brocade and fringe, grand piano benches propping slumpen Estate-squatters pinched with starving Come to rest Who defy all stirring to object Interlopers feel the breath of drawing drafts Pipe from standing door to mantel mouth With just the […]

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 She thinks […]

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 […]

New Flash Fiction: Advice for Lightning

  Advice for Lightning     The yellow fog was half smoke, and a breaking sun’s rays cast through this glittered on cinders. Being late to take advice, thinking no one had come to the door, she’d gone out at last. Someone had. A flyer of emergency numbers hung from the knob. Leandrew supposed the […]

Celebrated (part ten)

Novella Celebrated (part ten)             Murmurs, hopeful and wary. On the safe inside, among private certainties, was this: that these scruples made no difference. He didn’t care about plagiarism…and Tom didn’t care, not from misplaced fellow-feeling, but because he’d come to it, from years of debating forced alternatives. The only […]

My Blog Week: Feb 10 to Feb 16

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 […]