The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part seven)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part seven)                   Our road curved round the flank of the terrible mountain. Boulders sat here on earth where they’d fallen, house-sized, sconced and beaked, many…rude carvings of giants’ heads spat so-formed, from the mouth of the Giver. They stared, and […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-nine)                   The scientific mission spoken of by M. Knight has sent, by a letter of 8 July to the Minister of the Colonies—a letter received the 20th of July—its advice on the situation of Martinique vis-à-vis the volcano. This […]

Castello dei Banditi: Third Battle Stations

    The Folly Battle Stations     Castello dei Banditi   Companions among Toscana’s dead Dead of centuries whose tombs Are plundered of their gold, but of their masonry As well, sledged by quarriers shaping chamber walls Cornerstones re-founding Christian halls Those seats of state where patriarchs and queens Departed granted favour yet, or […]

Sequence: Drawn Upon Imagination (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Twelve Drawn Upon Imagination (part two)             “Cause…that’s not what she’s really doing?” “I couldn’t judge. I doubt,” Van Nest shrugged, “I’d be much of a judge anyway…I don’t handle scripts. But I’ve seen a few lines of Healy’s. Kind of a roman à clef, starring […]

A Prisoner Goes Missing: Hammersmith (thirty-eight)

Hammersmith Thirty-Eight A Prisoner Goes Missing (part one)           “Now, it’s true, the Seltons have their origins in Nottinghamshire. To whatever degree circus people have origins. It’s also true they were off in France, waiting out their creditors, at the time Charley hatched. He was the eldest, second Mrs. Selton’s first. […]

My Blog Week: May 26 to June 1

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   Twister!   America’s heartland has been inundated with heavy weather, terrible prolonged flooding, and tornadoes in the hundreds. For the first time ever this week, I had to act in response to […]

The Good People (poem)

    The Good People   You have plans to be courageous More than that, you’ve plotted in effect You often, walking down the street Armor yourself in the wingèd hauberk Of the Exiled King Or Queen (she too) Some part of her still trained to long for The Wizard-Man (that alter-state of mind carries […]

Tourmaline (conclusion)

Tourmaline Tourmaline (conclusion)           Nearing an outcrop of rock that formed a cove with a brutal undertow, Anton saw the usual small craft, that rowed out to the anchored boats. His ear was attuned for the first time to snatches of the peninsular speech, the patois of the fishmongers. He was […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifty-eight

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifty-eight)             And I come again to M. le sénateur Knight. He has lost one hundred and four members of his family, and all his belongings, all his fortune (save the 125,000 francs given him by the Bank), but, he says, this personal […]

Celebrated (part fifteen)

Novella Celebrated (part fifteen)                     “You wrote a nice piece about my mother.” That had been her comment going up, just before the tricky edge past an RV coming down, that had silenced them. “I’ll have to look at that, back at the house. I forget […]