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

Posted by ractrose on 30 Mar 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-three)                   The clank of gear, and echoes from the passage of swift-moving feet, interrupted, as Mastracchio was offering to Ludovic a Paolo condemned for murder… “He is an instigator of murder. No matter his excuses, his hands are bloody as […]

Catastrophe (part nineteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part nineteen)                       Around nine in the morning, during a lightening of the clouds, M. Marie-Sainte could distinguish Mt. Pelée shrunken by a clear three hundred meters, the crest sheared off, the flanks widely cracked. Surrounded by the […]

Eight: King’s Knight (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Mar 2022 in Art, Poems

      King’s Knight   A yellow shirt. A sardine sandwich. King asks, that any good…stinky little fish, with the bones? Have a bite. There’s a couple things wrong with that idea. Y. Murray nods. He exhales the whole of his lunch, mustard, fish, rye, onion rings By the way, King says, you dress […]

My Blog Week: March 20 to March 26

Posted by ractrose on 27 Mar 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                     On Monday, Catastrophe, some stories of crew members caught aboard ship. On Tuesday, “BeeZeep”, a poem reissue from Rattus. On Wednesday, another reissue, “Lie of a Lucky Meeting”. Thursday and Saturday, two […]

The Hold (part two)

Short Story The Hold (part two)                         A tap made him look behind. “See the phone? If you need anything, pick it up. Operator.” “Gotcha.”   A bunch of greens fell in a stack, then poofed off, with a shimmery sound effect. More fell, […]

The Hold (part one)

The Hold (part one)

Short Story The Hold (part one)                                     A few of the people you had no respect for, lately had gone changeling, like cooptees in a doddering cult. This was funny, laughable funny, and for the comedians on TV […]

Lie of a Lucky Meeting

Posted by ractrose on 23 Mar 2022 in Art, Poems

      lie of a lucky meeting   when the banqueters were invited to the theatre the room reminiscent in décor wallboard smoked-white studded each six feet with phone jacks cardboard curtains stiff-flocked as a Christmas box of Scotch, Season’s Greetings, a shade called ruby blush threading carpet humped in heavy traffic spots commercial […]

BeeZeep (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Mar 2022 in Art, Poems

    BeeZeep   What about that golden arm Give it back, will you give it back It would have been some other wife he’d rooked An after-image looking spectral, beckoning through glass Smashing sea waves shooting foam across the rocks spliced-in footage quick cuts from the door and back Saying not why did you […]

Catastrophe (part eighteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part eighteen)                             XIII. The Ships’ Crews in the Harbor  The Roddam; the Gabrielle; the Roraima The nightmare of the sailors       The harbor of Saint-Pierre, as always in this era of great […]

My Blog Week: March 13 to March 19

Posted by ractrose on 21 Mar 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                     On Monday, Catastrophe, further reactions in Fort-de-France. On Tuesday, The Sword Decides!, Ludovic receiving hoped-for news in greater than hoped for detail. Thursday, part three of “The Resident”, with Des and Wiss […]