The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part eleven)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Aug 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part eleven)           The Prince and his knights, and a woman, her servants… Indeed his wife, eager, I had been told, for battle…had a lighter craft of their own. This single-masted ship gave its commander some pains, to keep it from rocking in the wake […]

Thought It Mattered (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

      Thought It Mattered   He has a friend in a bowl The sort you make at the mini-mall On your travels, in your exiles Cautious cradled on your hotel bed Met with, savvy one, in the aisles of commerce Flirty one, forward one, the head portion swings A wink, if the creature […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-one)                       Despite all their efforts, the tourists could not approach the crater. For that, they would have needed to cross the lake at one of its widest points, 300 meters. They thought they had found a ford, […]

A 19th Century Voting Rights Story

Posted by ractrose on 28 Aug 2019 in Nonfiction

    Excerpted from The History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians…  Andrew J. Blackbird, The Ypsilanti Job Printing House, 1887   So after one payment of the treaty of 1855, late in the fall of 1856, I went up to Mr. Gilbert, who was then Indian agent, and made known to him my intention, […]

The Impresario (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

      The Impresario Part Four   Comes the impresario with a servant Of his host shouldering mystery on a brancard Lost staging pictures, lulled by the flare and death of flame Fairgoers enticed, he sees them, made to long For itching curiosity relieved A glimpse inside He stops, the way is thickening with […]

Until the Last’s Returning: Fourth Battle Stations

Posted by ractrose on 26 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Battle Stations         Until the Last’s Returning   He waits along the quay, mood agity, wandered well away From sheltered benches where a better class Than Dougal counts himself…city sorts, on holiday Able to have loose ends and weekends to their lives Booked today not forever, but for […]

My Blog Week: August 18 to August 24

Posted by ractrose on 25 Aug 2019 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!         In a fairly hectic news week, one item of interest was the revision from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reducing jobs created in […]

The Impresario (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

      The Impresario Part Three   Regalus masked moves lithe through the torchlit throng Pierre the Seer guides her, brusque in the distance he keeps But cocksure in his speech, his purpose strong She pities her poor Tortu and her small Dauphin Like a mother, she has helped to dress and feed them […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy)                             XLII The Crater Before the Catastrophe     In the course of various interviews I have published, various information has been noted, on the state of the crater of Mount Pelée, between the […]

A “This Day” Piece (August 21)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Aug 2019 in Nonfiction

Awaiting orders to detrain at Camp Shelby, a quartet of Japanese-Americans swing out to the accompaniment of a Hawaiian ukulele. (Source, photo and caption above: United States Library of Congress)   On this day (among many other things):   Hawaiian Statehood was made official, at a signing session attended by Vice President Richard Nixon, as […]