Amulet (poem)

    Amulet   First carry a sofa onto the stage Foreshortening allows the table feet away The table is useful, its magazines and small props Prompting lines of dialogue The actress has complained about the velvet That carries light beautifully but catches at her tights She and he perch in three-quarter pose More athletic […]

The Mirrors (part twenty)

The Mirrors (part twenty)                             The way the mirror stuck on, she’d had the fleeting sense, was it, the phenomenon itself, the centrifugal pull inherent… The room came unmisted, clear sight rolling as her second mirror fell—and it was Carmine stopping her. […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 28 Sep 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part eight)           “I know you can make a decent showing for yourself, unless…” The Peddler toed my wrapped bow and arrows. “This living inside the scholarly head proves a rusty affair. A poor man like myself must hunt to eat, as he would […]

My Blog Week: September 20 to September 26

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Hold the Bird     Chuck Grassley, the senator from Iowa, tweeted this week about a pigeon found dead on his farm. This narrative somewhat incoherent and persistently ill-spelled, flashed […]

Celebrated (part one)

Novella Celebrated (part one)                           He is disappointed in the hope of regaining his lost health. Week after week, month after month, year after year, he waits for the termination of his sufferings. He tries to apply the remainder of his strength to […]

Flash Fiction: May Day

    A few years ago, Hogarth Press started the Shakespeare Project, contracting with famous authors to write novels in a modern interpretation of the plays. I haven’t worked my way to famous yet, but I liked the idea. The one I would have latched onto was The Comedy of Errors…setting it in the McCarthy […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part ten)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part ten)                               v.   Annie had been tormented, frequently, by a childhood nightmare. She had dreamed someone chased her, that in the impetus of escape she came detached from earth and flew…but soaring, banged her head against […]

Ash (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Sep 2020 in Art, Poems

    Ash   You were bound to burn out your time that short fuse not adequate to the role of guiding light, beacon on a hill Steady star by lost at sea to navigate More the fuming little stick of dynamite laid like landmines, planned things ran afoul of the implacable hour You had, […]

The Mirrors (part nineteen)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Sep 2020 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part nineteen)                             Old Dumain descends from his manor house, uses his key, and climbs the staircase. No one knows what he does up there. That something will become of the wretched clan, Bonheur never doubts. The more Dumains in […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Sep 2020 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Because Society (part six)               “Is your brother still living at home?” “Where do people live, if they don’t live at home?” She knew the point was weak…while, the day she moved in fulltime with Trevor, she would of course be at home. “I still see him go […]