Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (part two)               A type of horn the herdsmen used to signal each other could be heard from three directions. The tightly stretched tent cloth vibrated with it, a low melancholy menace. The Utdrife did not feel themselves menaced. Utdrife these visitors must be, and […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (conclusion)             The poor girl had been only distracted. By Boxer, of course. Closing the door to the lobby phone booth, Rose wedged herself next to the box, rubbed her eyes…and these thoughts came to her. Boxer’s description was what the girl had given— […]

Celebrated (part eighteen)

Celebrated (part eighteen)                         Enderley caught him. “Mr. Carter hasn’t gone out?” “No, he hasn’t, Mr. Enderley, and he doesn’t mean to. Says so.” “Moore…” The head steward then told him to do just what he was doing. “Go to your berth, if you […]

My Blog Week: July 21 to July 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Taking Up Arms     It’s a good week to talk about trolls. Not only because they’ve been active in social media lately…even, bizarrely, in response to a CNN Twitter […]

Bears the Punishment (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jul 2019 in Art, Poems

    Bears the Punishment   I am proof of God’s existence Proof, to assemble it, I construct in opposition I make the non of a thing its being I am the eye of the storm Meaning seeks me I am taught by taped confessions Flakes of soul reduplicated Defenestrated stiffs of history Waters that […]

Yoharie: Existence (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part two)               “But, not.” “Not…you mean…” After a second, Val said, “Nothing. What would I mean?” “What I was wondering. You have an opinion?” “No, I never heard of it. I guess I would’ve thought, nobody does that. Would do. Could do. Someone doesn’t want you […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-six

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-six)               I heard a woman say that at the time of the two eruptions she had seen devils in the clouds of smoke, and that these devils were given liberty by the Lord to punish the sinners of Martinique. And the […]

Authority Weighs In: Sixth Tourmaline (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Tourmaline Authority Weighs In (part one)               They needed to sit here, tented, wrapped in white skins. The skins had landed with a laugh, a bundle susurrating into freshly fallen snow, breaking the ice crust just after, hurled from some unsuspected place overhead. The Hidtha fleered at them for […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Jul 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (part three)             The claim jump on the state’s attorney’s stake. The raid on Durco’s place that Durco was in on…a bigger story, with its bigger names, than what the proprietor of the Daily News was cooking up with Dutch. A story his rival […]

Patter (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jul 2019 in Art, Poems

    Patter   He tried to suggest without speaking the worst That a friend they’d known from school days “Didn’t make it” That’s okay, I’ll catch him on Facebook Bought the farm, I mean to say From his Grandpa? Sort of reverse mortgage? No, he’s given up the ghost Oh, right. Those games we […]