Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part five)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part five)                             I waited before acting. The newspapers oppressed me more and more, with their lively mockeries of my blindness. Certain wise reporters, following personal inquiries pressed to the depths, had most certainly glimpsed […]

Is the raven a raven (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Oct 2019 in Art, Poems

      Is the raven a raven   Ravense in banishment a portion decreed in traveling provender gold from an inheritance drawn for horses, wagons, hired arms and all supplicants to the shrine lepers under command of the charismatic Ravense spurned favorite of the chief cloraven Now scourge left answering to a wandering hermit’s […]

The Impresario (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Oct 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Thirteen   Pierre, rocking back, raises his flask with a solemn, studied lack of impudence (although the features of his face tend against him) The baron, he notes, has an arrogant flare of nostril and curl of upper lip, yet he does not fully sneer in spurning this. Saying merely, […]

Bride to Be (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Oct 2019 in Art, Poems

    Bride to Be (part five)   Alderic. Do I not know the name? Is he that man Tills yon spit of land, so thin and barren Trades in horses… Have a care, young daughter. Vestal to a carven goddess These our conquerors will have you cloistered There your nose may humbly point, as […]

My Blog Week: October 20 to October 26

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Orangefinger       I will tell a story on myself. Once upon a time, I used my middle finger to push an elevator button. I step right up front […]

Abdication (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Oct 2019 in Art, Poems

    Abdication   Your eyes stung and crusted You lie unmoving A sibyl garnering predictions vaporing from sewer grates With her liberality of diction She baits you Bile of the nation   Abdication Like a starfish ambulating Your stomach leaves the nest to feed A seesawing cindered feather floats Liver and spine-meat from a […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part thirteen)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Oct 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part thirteen)             I approach the place I was put ashore…the place where my fortunes changed, and I understood that to the Prince I was slave after all. Or disregarded by him, thought without value, for I had not yet passed a test he […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part four)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part four)                                 His voice broke a little, his eyes became grim. A brilliant thing, that was a tear, rolled down his long nose. “What is your opinion on his disappearance?” He said […]

Haunts (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Oct 2019 in Art, Poems

    Haunts   Start at the threshold alive to American anonymity the subject steps reeling inches of play onto a leash Wretched elder of small dogs with matted fur, combing of will argue for the owner no more sympathy than neglect Rage like Lear if he were less the white patriarch Sodden and sneered […]

The Impresario (part twelve)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Oct 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Twelve   The prisoner’s advocate begins to feel himself followed It seems to him a certainty the footpad is that fellow Who gives his name in fraudulent humility as Pierre “Only that.” And loiters round the guardhouse. The advocate turns on a heel, making the jailer’s victualer Behind him stagger, dropping […]