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 […]

Fog Bound (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    Fog Bound   The short life of an early riser A trawler…sort of that Resigned to his smokes and mists His captive’s steps delay the epitaph And every, of his days, has him by the throat From a pipe he puffs as one would etch In the present tongue A messenger’s dry-leafed plea […]

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 sold it […]

My Blog Week: April 7 to April 13

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   We’ve had lots of speculation about the American president’s rambling, choppy habits of speech. Commentators often counter that armchair diagnoses aren’t fair. True. We’ll expect, nonetheless, a heckload of speculation on the […]

The Zone of Prophecy: Fifth Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 13 Apr 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight      The Zone of Prophecy   The sexton of St. Crispin’s, the late Mr. Michelwhyte I doubt you’d know of him…which is rather the point, the familiar one being far nearer Bath than Taunton, liked telling (though half of the time undoubtedly pulling my […]

More Peaceful Pursuits: Hammersmith (thirty-seven)

Hammersmith Thirty-Seven  More Peaceful Pursuits           This Mr. Curach, whom Ruby well accepted, being Aimee’s friend, as a perfectly suitable escort, was also…so she found him…a fine and forward-coming fellow. He might be not so much older than herself. Not so very much. He was jaunty of step, and no taller…they […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-one)                             XXXIII  At the Transatlantic   An observation of M. Vié.     M. Vié is the very amiable and very obliging general agent of the Compagnie Transatlantique at Fort-de-France. In the course of […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part four)         A long ride over country, how next I found myself directed, gave contemplation of the end of Mumas…what I had done to him…free play in my mind. For I suffered a bit, without knowing what had befallen me. It was best to think […]

Yoharie: Security Check (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Apr 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Security Check (part two)               “Dawn,” (he’d ask) “where’re those old picture albums? I think the one I want’s got some kind of pink cover.” Giarma as a little girl. Anyway, that would be home to her. He put an end to this interior scene with dialogue. The […]

My Blog Week: March 31 to April 6

All the Latest from Torsade!                       A Word on the Week   The American media was full of former Vice President Joe Biden’s touching habits with acquaintances. He apologized; he remains accused of not getting it. The trouble here, is that the possibility of getting […]