My Blog Week: April 21 to April 27

Posted by ractrose on 28 Apr 2019 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   This one began and ended with news of terrorist attacks on places of worship. The bombings in Sri Lanka are attributed to a nationalist splinter group (National Thowheed Jamath). The California synagogue […]

Sinister: Seventh Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 27 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight         Sinister   Reputation, for those into whose veins, Embarrassment taps easily and oft, Becrimsoning the cheek, that turns aside in haste; And cutting cruelly like a two-edged sword— Though by a most humble squire raised   What’s all this? Roscoe demands, […]

Tourmaline (part one)

Tourmaline Tourmaline (part one)             Anton nearly smiled. The glass kept steaming up, over and over. Because in a downstairs chamber something, he did not know what, boiled. Had it been sour cabbage, he would have felt envious, hungry as he’d always been. But he never smelled anything cook in […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-three)                           XXXV With Admiral Servan   An explanation of the phenomenon. The ideas of the admiral on the future of Martinique. An order of the day. The army and the population.     Admiral Servan […]

For the Gullible (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

      For the Gullible   Is there nothing on earth, not entertainingly atwist No limit to the pride…your little marvels tucked In caches Rose-colored glasses awfully passé What will you spend your money on, now you have so much There are no paper fortunes left   A vast amount of daylight goes to […]

My Blog Week: April 14 to April 20

Posted by ractrose on 22 Apr 2019 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                       A Word on the Week   At first, the sight of Notre Dame in flames was horrible, as actual fires are (we get movie images in our minds, and movie infernos don’t incandesce like that, billow those massive, sky-filling […]

The Spectre Knows: Sixth Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 20 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight         The Spectre Knows   ‘Then further,’ says the guest, ‘we are not talking about intuition. If a railwayman observe that passengers are in the habit of jumping from the cars before the train comes to a halt, he may say, ‘There […]

Whalesong (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

      Whalesong   Barely attending Cicadas rising percussively sieving through an open window screen How redeemed by gentle warmth the room is once again in summer Resolving from a fog that now and then allows a gift Fixed in memory to scratch at the spidering trail where the smell of blades furrows in […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-two)                 I have had the pleasure of seeing him several times. And I have reckoned the crushing labor that was his to accomplish, since as we say in the navy [Hess was a Navy medic], first things first.* It is […]

Who Owns This House: Second Battle Stations

Posted by ractrose on 15 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Battle Stations         Who Owns This House   This room, its walls are painted yellow They call it that, the Yellow Room The corner cabinet…no plane of it Quite fits, the hinges pull My dear, you smile, but I feel the cabinet matters And he will not have […]