Mr. Prosecutor (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Nov 2019 in Art, Poems

    Mr. Prosecutor   The witness/killer weeps He is surprised…bushwhacked by a tactic “Mother doesn’t care.” Mother, he tells the doctor, is just outside in her rose garden Often since Papa died I find her staring at the fountain He calls to her from the patio, apologizes, she has gone upstairs “She’s having one […]

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 telling […]

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 […]

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 of […]

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

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)                                 After all, it may be that Andrée acquitted herself thus from family duty, making this her own, simply from respect for the customs of her husband towards this young man who’d […]