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 […]

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 […]

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 of cotton-wool […]