Amulet (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Sep 2020 in Art, Poems

      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 […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 27 Sep 2020 in The Latest

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 […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part six)

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 […]

My Blog Week: September 13 to September 19

Posted by ractrose on 20 Sep 2020 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Good and the Bad     When the People-in-Charge manage to do good these days, they do it inadvertently, under ironic circumstances. Sometimes by being so bad that a […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part nine)                         She opened the door of an adjoining room. The boy put aside his picture-book and came to greet Annie. He was a pretty child, delicate, his thin face overweighed by a high forehead, his large feverish eyes shadowed […]