Frédéric Boutet: Berthe (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Berthe (complete)                             He closed the store in haste and ran onto the rue de Rivoli, towards the boulevard de Sébastopol. She might be waiting. Before turning at the corner, he stopped a minute, a habit of his, before […]

Eight: Loaded Language (poetry series)

    Loaded Language   The housing of Dillard’s vital organs A compress wrapped to resist untightening Larded arteries under dress clothes Slick heels on his buckled shoes Cocked in a goatskin executive chair His limbs clench at the camera’s disclosure Despite he kicks in feeling rancor He shoots from the situation room table Remounts […]

Short Story: The Blue Bird (conclusion)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (conclusion)             She backed into the living room and picked up the remote. The news channel showed three women on lounge seating, two resting hands on books. One read aloud from hers. They were not personalities Gitana had ever seen. Someone had found them, told […]

Only One: Sixth German Spy

    The Folly The German Spy     Only One   The genius Falco has put his eye on a newish house of brick Newish house with newish tile-capped wall, fatly hipped Just under this, on the garden side, roses, that predictable Middle-class person’s garish choice A treacly morbid pink Insistently like the vomitus […]

My Blog Week: May 3 to May 9

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Selective Knowledge         This has happened to me, maybe to you. That weird thing of someone responding to an innocent conversational remark, or asking you a strange […]

Eight: Sacred Science (poetry series)

    Sacred Science   The Light is the Light It is thus, New Ones, cherished Flowers of the Sun The This The Instrument of Inner Tunefulness Our Helmsman, He our Earth-Names denote Father-Sage He Whom the Light Awakened Is the Helmsman Whom the Light Awakened As the Ultra of the Nebula Pulsahria Ordained And […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part ten)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part ten)         Noakale descended, herself. “Why it’s you! Such a mystery they make! And what terrible thing that cannot be named have you brought to us? Come, come…someone may like to have a talk with you.” This fulsomeness of nature I would not have […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Bargain (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Bargain (complete)                       On the fifth floor, at an old, forbidding door that made her wish only to leave, rang a young visitor, frail in her worn dress, her black hat…her heart beating. “Is he there? I want to speak to […]

Short Story: The Blue Bird (part four)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (part four)                 “So,” she told him, standing. “Here’s what I’ve decided for today. I’m going over to Glimmerings. I’m going to put a note up on the board, get in touch with me. I don’t care…” She raised her voice. Dave was […]

Brother Mouse (poem)

    Brother Mouse   Crickets can fiddle Ask them, Brother Mouse, to play us an air It is near the frost, let the song be of death A concerto of whinging joints Comes lifelike ’neath a shaft of sun And fewer are the hours They may take the bow again   Spider doth weave […]