The Epistles: Fifth Battle Stations

    The Folly Battle Stations       The Epistles   The Contessa writes to the chapters of the Fellowship Prophecies her companions unveil in a language familiar To followers of readings and summonings, to seekers Who divine a card’s turning, hear the undercurrent’s drumming Malice and menace…she hopes that her warnings are timely […]

Thought It Mattered (poem)

    Thought It Mattered   He has a friend in a bowl The sort you make at the mini-mall On your travels, in your exiles Cautious cradled on your hotel bed Met with, savvy one, in the aisles of commerce Flirty one, forward one, the head portion swings A wink, if the creature had […]

The Impresario (part four)

    The Impresario Part Four   Comes the impresario with a servant Of his host shouldering mystery on a brancard Lost staging pictures, lulled by the flare and death of flame Fairgoers enticed, he sees them, made to long For itching curiosity relieved A glimpse inside He stops, the way is thickening with bodies […]

Until the Last’s Returning: Fourth Battle Stations

    The Folly Battle Stations         Until the Last’s Returning   He waits along the quay, mood agity, wandered well away From sheltered benches where a better class Than Dougal counts himself…city sorts, on holiday Able to have loose ends and weekends to their lives Booked today not forever, but for […]

The Impresario (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Three   Regalus masked moves lithe through the torchlit throng Pierre the Seer guides her, brusque in the distance he keeps But cocksure in his speech, his purpose strong She pities her poor Tortu and her small Dauphin Like a mother, she has helped to dress and feed them She […]

Picking Brains [sowing paranoia] (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 23 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

    Picking Brains [sowing paranoia]   Why are you here? The silence extends. Though silence, in interview via teletype is contempt, confusion, thoughtfulness Thoughts of…what’s it mean, why really am I? How do I work this thing, is it some kind of setup Equipment breakdown, line traffic, any of those What is your name? […]

The Impresario (part two)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part Two   In his dreaming calculations lying wakeful He recalls himself, in this bed built for a dying wife Never so alive with fear for his charges He had always paid the roustabouts To guard the wagon, warned Tortu Whose wise and solemn eyes obey To take a crown and buy […]

Resolved (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

    Resolved   How to have human conversation. Begin with a medium of exchange. When we last spoke on the phone; when I received your email. Introduce a subject of exchange. You had mentioned a plan to. You had been having difficulty with. You had informed me that. B, the one inquired of, says […]

The Impresario (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 13 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Impresario Part One   The care he had taken of her in his first fascination was a rebuke to him in later years He feared love, to feel it, a twining tendril’s prod Her trusting kindnesses make his heart go soft His mind tainted, a sympathy unnatural for property; a monstrosity can […]

Dispel (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Aug 2019 in Art, Poems

    Dispel   Dispel the center from the story Bookticipating that the character Ravense after lunch finishes and excuses for sparse attendance scatter and reconvene retelling (then why not skip to the end?) This One, who in arrogance started badly This One, who at length seemed finally learning Ravense, Ravense, the harpers line the […]