My Blog Week: May 12 to May 18

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   Problems You Didn’t Know You Had     Starting small and going large, let’s consider a little story followers of late night TV will have heard. Last week, a twist of plot […]

Poison in the Marrow: Tenth Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 18 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     Poison in the Marrow   Now Trout had had an aunt A woman inculcated with a fair education Of course, one mustn’t laugh No. There, but for the grace of… She’d spoken of burning one’s Rubicons behind one He feels, coming to himself, the point is […]

Tourmaline (part three)

Tourmaline Tourmaline (part three)           “Where the adjectival phrase takes the place of a noun, where we grammarians employ the hyphenated construction…which is, of course, a bit of shorthand for us…I mean for us alone. They, while officially, the nomads use our own alphabet…” Professor Swisshelm removed his plug of tobacco […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-six

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-six)           This passage contains, within quotes from interview subjects, some strongly racist opinions.     The journal that represents the radical socialist majority of Martinique voters, the organ of the people of color, of negroes has printed, therefore, these beautiful compliments to the […]

Transposed (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 15 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    Transposed   The wreckage walks mumbling beneath a slack jaw “That’s right” He tells himself, some plans in ruin are transposed Today the wretched knick-knackery composes all Dry cleaning, tweeds to wedge away until the sky turns grey Arch, the eyebrow raised, the place descending Underneath the bridge where cups bob in the […]

Entrée (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    Entrée   Touché, Stingray, time to play I think they do respect it Respect it in the way of fearing it Fearing in the way of doubting all their money spent Procured them more than a costly duplicate Intuited ahead of the pace of classwork By the fresh new voice and rat-a-tat footwork […]

Put to Sleep (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 13 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    Put to Sleep   See in his confusion the never-clean corner Never touch the waste of thought ebbs And pushed by other thoughts No better than the last Fear and reverie whirl here into scum ponds He is feeling bad for someone No, he feels sorry, envy drains the heart― For himself…he feels […]

My Blog Week: May 5 to May 11

All the Latest from Torsade!                       A Word on the Week   What to My Wondering Eyes Did Appear   Off to a normal start on Monday, I went into old posts to reconcile some links, and found that through a convergence of Word Press […]

The Public Waits for a Hint (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 11 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Public Waits for a Hint   They wait for a waking alarm Each day dispels from flailing hands that drag away the mask The vision of a stranger whose mind accepts Cannoned across the continent by a clanging chime He accepts, now you must stop rebelling Like the good of the nation […]

Where End Meets Beginning: Ninth Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 10 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight     Where End Meets Beginning   Now, he allows for those romantic fancies That titillate the female set Virginia, Trout views with an oblige suited To a scientific man’s noblesse Trout, who knows his shutter speeds And chemical baths—and grades of films Appropriate for […]