The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part four)         A long ride over country, how next I found myself directed, gave contemplation of the end of Mumas…what I had done to him…free play in my mind. For I suffered a bit, without knowing what had befallen me. It was best to think […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part two)           The sign was not lit, but sunlit, a shaft hitting the bottom of the “H” and the top of the “O”; these half-letters illuminated, formed a glyph. Durco told himself he saw a bridge […]

Yoharie: Security Check (part two)

Yoharie Security Check (part two)             “Dawn,” (he’d ask) “where’re those old picture albums? I think the one I want’s got some kind of pink cover.” Giarma as a little girl. Anyway, that would be home to her. He put an end to this interior scene with dialogue. The thing […]

My Blog Week: March 31 to April 6

All the Latest from Torsade!                       A Word on the Week   The American media was full of former Vice President Joe Biden’s touching habits with acquaintances. He apologized; he remains accused of not getting it. The trouble here, is that the possibility of getting […]

St. Andrew’s Day: Fourth Pale Knight

    The Folly The Legend of the Pale Knight     St. Andrew’s Day   She’d been in infirmary with a chest cold by account of the matron It could be worse She is very old These indispositions take the old ones, sudden But come anyway, Mrs. Devilbiss’ll be that tickled If she’s feeling […]

Turtle Island (part three)

    Turtle Island   iii.   Distance daunts to insignificance, if cutting stones And this one dare suppose…are torture less than suffocation A fate that by those things the prisoners (who years have cruised seas Indonesian) Know themselves, as in, “I know myself a thing about volcanoes. We are,” the reluctanter hisses, to the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty)                 The 9th, we resumed the rescue. At 11:30 we were moored before the cove of Belleville, 200 meters from land. A movement underwater occurred. Bubbles, swirls, turbulence. The boat carried three times around its anchor. Pods of frightened porpoises […]

I Could Not (poem)

    I Could Not   [the first of the guests uses a phrase] …that morning… She will have you join her, mourning A songbird’s nest shot scattered from a spruce Clumsy handle of her rake It is all a metaphor for loss   [the second of the guests plays about] a potent word …enfeoffment… […]

Sequence: Give a Dog a Bad Name (part one)

Sequence of Events Chapter Eleven Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him (part one)                 Give him a table where he can hear/and a chair that bears his weight, and remember he’s doing a favor for you/when he gets his story straight   F.F.M., Arizona Republican, […]

Celebrated (part thirteen)

Novella Celebrated (part thirteen)             This mild flag in enthusiasm made her like him more, that he wasn’t a thoroughgoing fraud. “Well, it’s that government program. I can say no to adopting another animal. But these guys are small, they pretty well fend for themselves…you’re not obligated to break them […]