My Blog Week: May 24 to May 30

Posted by ractrose on 31 May 2020 in The Latest

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Cartoon of man explaining solar to nuclear executives

Cartoon of the Week: It’s Staring You in the Face (for two more panels, see The Cartoon House)





A Word on the Week


This week has been tough, and…as things have fallen out…the serial novel I started writing in 2018 has two plot undercurrents: the Spanish flu pandemic, that began in 1918, and a race riot, that I have taking place in 1901. I think my best, in treating this subject, is already there in what I’ve written. In twenty weeks or so, The Mirrors will have unfolded completely, and I hope my readers will take some uplift from its ultimate message. Meanwhile, today, a poem.



From Superstition the Pendulum


Your face carried home from the scene of horror

Let nature raise you a colossus that prows

Prows astraddle the edge of all landfalls

Clocks will crack and mirrors stop

Unluckiness the hostelman calls to roost

The iron ring for a knocker hangs

Sounds wood and metalcraft, chock and clang

And the hand that would be death’s

Lets the bob swing reversal at two and a half


Your eyes ring themselves in adamantine pursuit

And the hair-raising toom of your heel on stone

Cries time, time


With a cup of wine and a coat-collar buttoned

At their table, not turning, they are tripped inside

By a cat black-clothed with the spirits of her kind

While her eyes seem charmed and she weaves before them

Time, time

They will feel waters close

Time, time

Know the follower knows


But unwind


Open eye






On Monday, a new Cartoon Stories, some animal-themed gags; on Tuesday, The Mirrors, the Dumain mystery coming up in conversation. Wednesday, a new Jumping Off poem, “Into Water”, a riff on drone games. Thursday, Frédéric Boutet’s “The Passenger”, features an ethical dilemma. Friday, the story of Agnes continues in the German Spy arc, “Men (first)”, her new life of interwar intrigue, and her arrest. Saturday, Eight, “Interrupting”, the first in a new group of eight, some tactics of propaganda. 
Images on my posts often have a link to related information (click first image), sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical, sometimes in answer to a direct reference. Since people can be leery about links, I include them here: what they are, what sites they point to.





My Blog Week: May 24 to May 30


Cartoon Stories: Critters
May 25


The Mirrors (part two)
May 26


Into Water (poem)
May 27

Poetry Foundation: Gary Lemons, “Drone”


Frédéric Boutet: The Passenger (complete)
May 28


Men (first): Eighth German Spy
May 29


Eight: Interrupting (poetry series)
May 30


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