Baron Haussmann’s story about George Sand (conclusion)

From Mémoires de baron Haussmann, 1890 (conclusion)           I had taken care to forewarn the Lieutenant of the Gendarmerie, and upon our return to the Sous-Préfecture, we found him ready to leave with a brigade. The expedition was put in motion without delay, and in good order, thanks to the post-chaise […]

New Book! Are You Haunted

Buy on Amazon! Paperback edition       Powell Kenzie has wandered, living the life of a vagabond, since his discharge from the army. The year is 1948. He finds himself in a small New England town, by watchman Lloyd Guy given temporary shelter in the remains of the Drybrook works. On the hill opposite […]

The Impresario (part ten)

    The Impresario Part Ten   The keeper of his purse departs A servile gratitude for this answering of an urgent summons The impresario feels And feels enfolded in a fallen angel’s wings Bearing the stench of cursedness; a humble plea To all he meets for small respect. Merci. He means to pay them […]

Bride to Be (part two)

    Bride to Be  (two)   I was for solitude and a certain path That crossed a bridge so narrow Here where the men stood off In disobedience I spurred my mount Daughter, you have seen it for yourself How rare this treasure is To be alone   In my father’s household dwelt a […]

My Blog Week: September 29 to October 5

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Fat’s in the Fire       Without much point (other than professional crisis, if they cease to naysay), people on TV keep claiming impeachment is not the best […]

Hammersmith: Epilogue (part one)

Hammersmith Epilogue (part one)           Hogben felt his odds of escape improved by company. The company was not choice. In point of fact, he strongly entertained having no more to do with le Fontainebleau. Wistful thoughts of roosting had lately crossed Hogben’s mind, and a settled man needs an honest profession. […]

Even Heard (poem)

    Even Heard   Nothing recently radio silence almost a fig leaf of the past Your old friend with his bags of heirloom seeds Took them to the farmer’s market, Sharpied a sign saying FREE Bought tickets on the very plane they grounded for yawing side-to-side, nose up, nose down Stricken passengers allowed to […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part one)

New for Translation Thursday, the short stories of Frédéric Boutet, born at Bourges, 1874; died 1941 as a refugee at Arachon (WWII), a writer of mystery with occult overtones, in his lifetime compared to Poe. These stories are from Le Spectre de M. Imberger, Flammarion, 1922, public domain.   Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. […]

Baron Haussmann’s story about George Sand (part one)

From Mémoires de baron Haussmann, 1890                 George Sand at Nérac   Before I speak of what came next, I must tell a rather curious episode that arose during the last days of my life as a youth. I had been presented by M. le Marquis de Lusignan, […]

The Impresario (part nine)

    The Impresario Part Nine   To a sheltering place Like a sea bird flown High where rays of sun make gentle Winter’s violent froth and foam He sees a lonely man below Whose feet set on a cliff’s edge stumble The fit passes, in commotion of known voices Pierre can’t stop them crowding […]