Bride to Be (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

      Bride to Be (one)   She is going to marry; she will bargain for herself A right-hand place, that of first wife, an ear beside the throne A voice of calm and counsel, bent on knitting borders She has two offers, and prefers of these, one She asks that her kinswoman carry […]

My Blog Week: September 22 to September 28

Posted by ractrose on 29 Sep 2019 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Perfect Phone Call         There are two ways to reason out plausibilities. Can a thing be done…? When asked, let’s say, about Medicare for all, the […]

Assorted Opinions: Parity (non-fiction)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Sep 2019 in Nonfiction

  Assorted Opinions Parity                   In the novel I’m currently writing, All Bedlam Courses Past (Bedlam for short), one of the characters is a sometime actress. Being not attached to a company, she finds far fewer opportunities on the stage than her husband. He can play the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-five)                       Readers, this post ends the book (!), and so next week a new Translation Thursday project begins. This time, stories from the Golden Age of mystery, by Frédéric Boutet.       XLVII Fear of the […]

Yoharie: Existence (part four)

Yoharie: Existence (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part four)               Trevor’s cul-de-sac was called Tampico Way. The stub, or rectal portion, if you had it in you to chuckle at Mat Busby’s humor, was crossed by Reagan Place. The shuttle streets, Atlantis, Challenger, etc., also an Apollo and an Armstrong, and another cul-de-sac called […]

The Impresario (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

      The Impresario Part Eight   Tortu has done no wrong He lays his lute upon the ground and plucks A melancholic melody with his toes A lilting air flutes o’er this, as serpentine In play of arms and sway of hips The Pythoness begins her dance   He cannot bring himself to […]

My Blog Week: September 15 to September 21

Posted by ractrose on 22 Sep 2019 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Peepers, Creepers         Justice Brett Kavanaugh returned to the spotlight this week, when the NYT published fresh info on his party-time encounters with women. I will attach […]

Adverse Possession (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Sep 2019 in Art, Poems

    Adverse Possession     Dear cerebral cortex Hors de combat. When we received the news We were saddened and shocked There is not much in the literature One or two articles after long search Found describing therapies Not met with any great success If it won’t offend, or make you feel superstitious (For […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part twelve)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part twelve)             If I peered from under my ceiling, I saw only the swell, its rushing lacework of white foam. And sometimes failed to see forewarning, of the slap of saltwater in my eyes. Also a dizziness would upset my stomach, and only […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-four)                   The rest of the night passed in great anxiety. We saw flames coursing over the hills, illumination enough to see the flight of numerous persons, while others were passing on the main road, announcing they would go to […]