Nutshell (poem)

    Nutshell   You know a secret that would crack the nut Yet it’s no secret When the boredom ends when every floor has been swept clean And the doors The gaping holes Allowing other hands to touch the walls, eyes to stare through glass at passersby The doors Can now be closed   […]

Where Fashion Sits (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Jan 2023 in Art, Poems

      Where Fashion Sits   Are you the larval worm in the larder Every feathered pillow has this unseen delver You feel yourself layered in tissue paper Your rat’s race a peristaltic ripple of waxy flesh Your crackling head a pin The glue has brittled in the way of yellowed cellophane The leather […]

Charity (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Jan 2023 in Poems

      Charity   The camp takes all the rising ground On the delta’s city side Driftwood split, stakes driven in and roped paper and cloth of every color, every kind partition quarters curtain sleepers Hard-faced pounding builders making use of time New shelters in construction catching wind like kites Fortress blocks dragged up […]

Explication (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 4 Jan 2023 in Art, Poems

      Explication   Morbid feet on a ruminant’s road They are speaking likenesses of nervous rounding More than an anthropologist’s brush off An antelope’s roaming is found to be enough By epoch’s end we have all gone soft And taken to occupy our cushions gravely fanning a white layer of flesh Wise to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Field Marks (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Dec 2022 in Art, Poems

      Field Marks   What makes the clannist rich though he cries poor He never chooses his pleasures but enjoys them all His lustful wish is to be begged for help And refuse it   She hears a crunch of shoes, a tuneless tune A male whistle. Those things, like coughs, can be […]

The Folly: Llewellyn at Home (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Dec 2022 in Art, Poems

Readers, I’ve been going through what seems a touch of covid, and not getting much work done (I feel pretty well overall, though, no worries). Here’s an episode from The Folly, worth a reissue.       The Folly Battle Stations         Llewellyn at Home   Colonel Llewellyn keeps visitors to Chequerstone, […]

Wrong Again (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Dec 2022 in Art, Poems

      Wrong Again   This was better, more sensitive. But so much silence in his conversation-mate Must be a warning. “I’ve learned not to apologize.” He thought, Why me? A line of inquiry that promised to go badly. “You’ve learned not to apologize,” she said. The topic seemed to want a change of […]