The Tambinder Engine (part six)

      The Tambinder Engine  A McAlley Story (part six)     She passed Matthew’s picture window and stopped, saw a couple at the bottom of the drive. The woman’s hair, hanging long and coarse, ash blonde, her young face furrowed, mouth and brow. She scowled, and the furrows came strong. The man, wind […]

The patient (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Dec 2022 in Art, Poems

      The patient   Through the prayers of her family the patient they believed this, they were happy the miracle was theirs and not another’s won her toss, but the trial ended, its second phase never entered over conventional treatments not improved And time short, none to risk   She knew all in […]

My Blog Week: December 18 to December 24

Posted by ractrose on 29 Dec 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                     On Monday and Saturday, poem reissues from Rattus. On Tuesday, The Mirrors, with the group crossing the river home. Catching up with a Covid-delayed Blog Week filled out the rest of the […]

The Mirrors (part thirty)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Dec 2022 in Fiction, Novels

      The Mirrors (part thirty)         xiv.       Joseph Dumain knocked one night at his son’s door. Charleton did not live in this house alone…he was not alone, and the presence of boarders, of student doctors who interned at the clinic, kept his feet from the chasm, his […]

Forbidden Fruit (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Dec 2022 in Art, Poems

      Forbidden Fruit   Reincarnate from a molting-pod, as you were a jacket folding into its own hood, a chrysalis peeling an old pied skin then ratchet ratchet like a whalebone corset Worked up from the foot, past the hips Hung by the nervy grip of the brainstem Here you have crown and […]

My Blog Week: December 11 to December 17

Posted by ractrose on 23 Dec 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                     On Monday, The Mirrors, with everyone gathered to escape, if the island lets them. Tuesday, a poem reissue, “Field Marks”.  Thursday, a new episode of “The Resident”, with Wissary discovering a secret […]

The Mirrors (part twenty-nine)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Dec 2022 in Fiction, Novels

      The Mirrors (part twenty-nine)         xiii.     The dead were not in the fog. Charmante found herself locking eyes with the blue-jowled man, ardent behind the window of a sinister little shed, its blood-colored brick clarifying to visibility. “You’re the daughter of a man I knew. That counts…” […]

Now Requesting Action (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Dec 2022 in Art, Poems

      Now Requesting Action   All places unbelongers unbelong Equally are home, all household words Equal to expression of mundanity Unworldly this household is freeheld Like the angle of a cell constructs a shell Like a marriage of two fiefdoms must Superadd a garment to a crust The foot inside the boot sold […]

My Blog Week: December 4 to December 10

Posted by ractrose on 18 Dec 2022 in The Latest

All the Latest from Torsade!                                     More Covid advice: I learned from a little research that Covid affects the lymphatic system, and this may account for the symptom of fatigue. If you catch Covid, work on lymphatic recovery, […]

The Resident (part thirteen)

      Chapter Two An Anniversary Party (cont’d)         (part thirteen)     Wissary pulled to Aura’s rear bumper. He pushed the engine button— The car chimed in discontent. He took a foot off the brake, peering for a dashboard clue; the car at last mentioned that it preferred the brake […]