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 […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Imprisoned)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Imprisoned (six)         “Honoré, I am not wanted yet…and I am off to the cellar anyway to fetch my lamp and stick. I can show you how to work the press, if you care to learn. And there are one or two chores I will let […]

Eight: Enemies (poetry series)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Jul 2020 in Art, Poems

    Enemies   The way I fall in step is oldest news But don’t ask me, the goods I got, it’s on authority I could quote you the bible…or, how bout? Tell you this, a little fairy story I know you want sympathy, they all do But you listen to me You don’t have […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Leveler (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Leveler (complete)                             Young Pierre-Édouard Harleur, student at the Central College and son of a northern factory owner, had decided himself on (while he much despised the distracting noises and bohemian pleasures) passing a Carnival evening in the […]

Red God White Sun (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Jul 2020 in Art, Poems

    Red God White Sun   Back from a moment in prototypia she watches dawn, inked-over herself still as the unsafe hunger neutral before muscles beauty, remember she does not counsel the surviving to waste on it curtain tatters take…broken blinds…first warning, shush there is mud in early morning, gullying rain by dusk lunatic […]

The Mirrors (part nine)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part nine)                             She weighed reasons for this balking…Rothesay did not make classes among his servants, so far as Charmante had seen; she herself could bear up with seeing ghosts…even the cat could…and—a thought more generous-hearted—it would rain in a […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part three)             Wosogo gave me his two hands. I did not miss, in greeting him, the old man’s signal to the cook. Angry a bit with me, she had laid the table and ordered the lunch be spread…a tray of roast fowl, […]

My Blog Week: July 5 to July 11

Posted by ractrose on 12 Jul 2020 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Praise be       New books on the man in the White House, aside from the much-anticipated title from his niece, arriving this week, are a satirical novel by […]