Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part two)                         Impatience tautened her nerves while she continued to review invoices. Her fever increased under the weight of Mlle Virot’s sneaking surveillance. At last the bell announced the end of shift. Annie, with the others, went to the cloakroom. […]

Eight: Duty (poetry series)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jul 2020 in Art, Poems

      Duty   “He is lauded for standing by his post” “Standing by at his post…” “Hmm…yes. Why say it? Are you happier about all this, for picking nits?” “Well, close by. Nearby. Remaining, anyway, as duty required. We might find…” “Might find…evidences, do you mean? Perhaps you aren’t fit for the work.” […]

The Mirrors (part eleven)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part eleven)                             Always it had been, until that year his going away became the end… No more the glamour of travel and return, her father’s familiar absence. Always, a sort of stupidity. She could charge herself with this and […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Because Society (part three)               Society hadn’t yet crafted the new rules. Or cancel yet. Society follows culture, and the culture stagnates. A woman can ask a man for a date, or a man she dates for his hand… Push on, stalwart feminist… But, Giarma thought, your place […]

My Blog Week: July 19 to July 25

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jul 2020 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Misremembrance of Things Past         I have a reason for writing opinion pieces. Being opinionated, of course, but also to counter that hazard creative people know, a […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part one)                           Mathilde Alanic (1864-1948), a native of Angers, authored around thirty novels. She was a member of the Society of Letters; she was also an inductee into the Legion of Honor. Her work belonged to the category of […]

Eight: Honor (poetry series)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jul 2020 in Art, Poems

      Honor   First no one gets blamed, no one can You have honor enough to shoulder the gross mistakes of humankind You embody discarded virtues No one wants to drown or burn count seconds in a broken plane Om! (sob) Om! (sob) Om!…wait hemmed in by traffic The tsunami wave, the nuclear […]

The Mirrors (part ten)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part ten)                               x.   The mansion sat hard by the walk, older than the widening of its street for the rails. But it must never have had much frontage, nothing like the walled yards and sprawling shade trees […]

Assorted Opinions: Stupid Loyalty

Posted by ractrose on 20 Jul 2020 in Nonfiction

Assorted Opinions Stupid Loyalty                 Scenes from America’s protests, which began with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and continue as general dissent under the banner of Black Lives Matter, play onscreen like a surreal clown show, tragic and brutal, while the enforcement conduct often seems comedically […]

My Blog Week: July 12 to July 18

Posted by ractrose on 19 Jul 2020 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Burned-Out Asset       Civil Rights giant John Lewis died this week. Resistance Twitter (how we need Resistance Twitter these days!) got busy with this video, showing Florida […]