The Totem-Maker: Use for Use (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Nov 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Six Use for Use (part one)           The gods that ruled this country, and this strange prison of the tollhouse, said nothing to me. They sent snow, and I could hardly guess whether it were a gift of beauty, or a slow, suffocating torture. It was beauty to […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Garden of the Pirate (part one)

Frédéric Boutet The Garden of the Pirate (part one)                                   The unknown visitor seated himself on the chair indicated by M. Duvaudois. “Monsieur,” he said, “you will forgive my insisting on being received in this way, presenting myself without […]

Spread Your Arms (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

      Spread Your Arms   You’ll go out on a monitor Hiccupping with your backbone wishing for a final arch. Your chest cavity slumbers uninspired Ten nervous snacks swallowed in the last hour Your global gut draws its own gravity “What goes on?” a staffer asks The feeling is bubbly like root beer […]

The Impresario (part seventeen)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

      The Impresario Part Seventeen   “How long ago,” the seer begins “Though not so many days have passed And yet, how long ago it seems…” The Dauphin interrupts. “Vraiment! For a great, tedious time, Pierre, you have been talking. See, Tortu has gone to sleep!” “My old master, him I’d told you […]

The Hold (conclusion)

Short Story The Hold (conclusion)                         His wife had said something that morning, going out the door. A nuisance, a little hackle raising… One of her near-arguments, that he never could win because she’d be in the car, backing. Could you pound on a […]

My Blog Week: November 17 to November 23

Posted by ractrose on 24 Nov 2019 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Hearings and Seeings         Republicans seem to have picked up a couple of offensive strategies via the brain trust that brought us, this week, the Adult Playground.  […]

The Hold (part two)

Short Story The Hold (part two)                         A tap, tap made him look behind. “See the phone? If you need anything, pick it up. Operator.” “Gotcha.” A bunch of greens fell in a stack, and poofed off, with a shimmery sound effect; more fell, […]

The Hold (part one)

Short Story The Hold (part one)                               A few of the people you had no respect for, lately had gone changeling, like co-optees in a doddering cult. This was funny, laughable funny, and for the comedians on TV, the jokes had […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (conclusion)                                   I have never known whether or not, during this time, Maxence held clandestine meetings with Mme Imberger. Her, they did not permit me to follow, and he had the artfulness […]

The Impresario (part sixteen)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

      The Impresario Part Sixteen   “The gatekeeper, then, must be sweetened with a bribe For such a one may at any time be called aside He cannot leave a fire rage or fainting lady lie So, make fair claim to’ve been about his duties… That, Pierre, is what you mean to say.” […]