Eight: suggested proof (poem)

      suggested proof   if they were friends, and independent, their odds were not bad if their status had been desperately unequal, and dependence soon afterwards began… millstones, albatrosses, balls-and-chains five o’clocks in bars and hopes of new friends but time is the enemy of stable things a nature that finds contentment wants […]

My Blog Week: June 6 to June 12

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Restrain Yourself                 It’s getting harder to find societal virtues that Republicans can still be tested by. The test is whether people who […]

Hammersmith: Having a Treat (chapter seventeen)

Hammersmith Chapter Seventeen Having a Treat           A sofa with a blanket draped along the seat, trailing the scant carpet, a pillow at the armrest and one on the floor, was taking up the wall under the windows, leaving clearance for only this rug and a little chest. Jane’s sewing table, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part forty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part forty-five)                         Annie walked up the rue de Rennes, coming to the post office. Inside, she asked that a call be put throught to Mme Fougerays. To her unspeakable relief, it was Christiane herself who answered. “Good day, mademoiselle novelist! […]

Bad Counsel (part three)

Short Stories Bad Counsel (part three)                   “Every one of these is rented,” Leo told her. Then, peering at Andrée: “They gotta sweep the rug. What’s that doing?” He pointed to a ceiling panel, askew in its slot over the exit sign. Leo kicked away the door […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part twenty-three)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part twenty-three)                     Brooding over his wrongs, he grew sullen and out of humour with them all… With his brother, with the old dead King, who both, Andreas believed, had entered this affair with their wits out of hand. Roberto the […]

Mettle (poem)

      Mettle   “U,” she said. The captain watched. Her complexion had grown icy blue, a certain vibrancy of disintegration marred his perception that she lived. She might have activated her Afterglow, this conversation might be the final testimony, brief window of immortality, as technology afforded “U,” she said. “What, Riva,” he asked […]

My Blog Week: May 30 to June 5

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Haughty Disdain             Recently, counties in Oregon voted, not to join Idaho, but to have their boards of commissioners study and discuss the possibility. Malheur […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part two)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part two)           “Then why is a poor traveler in greater danger than a rich one? You, here, in the City Without a Name must have at least one such story, of highest sacrifice. In my first country, the story was…in fact…” (I addressed myself […]

The Dismaying (poem)

      The Dismaying   Seriousness, ha, ha, ha surplus responsibility from I love you Don’t, these days, be loved Think hard, take an hour, on relevancy on impact, on whether unimpactful relevancy or relevance without counts. Is modern. Modern? Modern Modern Modern Modern Begins to look like a dark kingdom’s moniker Was modernity […]