Catastrophe (part twenty-two)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part twenty-two)                       Behind the façade, plastered with their grandiloquent political programs, there is this. The negro can no longer feed the whites and the mulattos. The white does not want to die, and the mulatto would like […]

Fellyans (part four)

      Fellyans (part four)   He raised a warning finger. “Scoter, go indoors. Whimbrel, go with your brother.” Whimbrel had tiptoed to a spot, a particular flagstone of the walk, exactly at Scoter’s heels. Piqued, Scoter flung a dramatic aboutface, that skidded them both into Jorinda’s rosebush. “Ow! Ow! What’s your trouble, Whim?” […]

agreement (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Apr 2022 in Art, Poems

      agreement   1)    is a murderer the new celebrity 2)   are bong shops good for failing towns 3)   new technology or none? 4)   if we mined all the gemstones now a)   could we bulldoze tidy covers b)   grow greenswards to obliviate temptation c)   have forests and orangutans d)   trade shares in […]

My Blog Week: April 17 to April 23

Posted by ractrose on 25 Apr 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                   A Word on the Week     Good Stuff           Badmouthing, belittling, rudeness face-to-face, campaigning in the background to make a targeted person feel bad, or deny that person […]

The Mirrors (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Apr 2022 in Fiction, Novels

The Mirrors (part two)                                   To waste a few minutes, then, and litter her clean counter with a toothpick and tube of glue, Charmante undertook the odd little project. She let a drop fall between the wing-stubs, pressed the […]

Tourmaline: Nedforum (part four)

Tourmaline Nedforum (part four)                                 But no, still never, he wanted nothing to do with Vonnie. Next he saw a coexistence between unforgiveness and acquiescence, the one a forever and the other a fleeting-by, conditional. But also, he thought of […]

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

Posted by ractrose on 19 Apr 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-four)                   Ludovic sat stymied. Deep in his mind washed thoughts of finding this man out. They went to lengths, he told himself, Giovanna’s propagandists. Lengths, to portray their plague in so witchcraftly a fashion. Then…to what end, but that they […]

Depression Glass (part three)

      Depression Glass (part three)     He picked up before the ringtone had played out. “Ms. Nixon!” He sounded pleased. Or, she thought better, like a reporter eager to cultivate a source. “Don’t call me that.” “Merrilee. Things going gangbusters between you and my nephew? We can all expect…” She cut him […]

My Blog Week: April 10 to April 16

Posted by ractrose on 18 Apr 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                     On Monday, a reissue from The Folly, “Until the Last’s Returning”, with Dougal attuned to the casualness of mortality. Tuesday, Catastrophe, Hess beginning to explore the island’s politics. Wednesday, a fresh edit […]

Charles Monselet, Cursed Money (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Apr 2022 in Fiction, Novels

        Charles Monselet Cursed Money 1863         Chapter One The Quai des Augustins     Paris is the city of the world where heads are turned most often. On an April morning, in 1851, passersby on the quay of the Grands-Augustins spun with smiles, their eyes following an oddly […]