Eight: Confession (poetry series)

    Confession   You want to resist Oh yes. You resist the teaching, you do. Hadn’t they insisted at the little meeting Hadn’t they insisted (Oh, but I think you know what I mean.) Hadn’t they shared with you, trusted you Been kind to you, for joining us may be your redemption And yet, […]

The Assassin Comes: Fourth German Spy

    The Folly The German Spy     The Assassin Comes   It amounts to when No sacrifice without advantage (mein Herr) as to chessmen But players on the scene bump in   In her room, Krug diligent and dozy …not allowing sleep Lies still and lets the streetlamp Inform him of her corners […]

The Watchman: Third German Spy

Posted by ractrose on 21 Apr 2020 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy      The Watchman   She would, Agnes, the wife, or helpmeet (this was possible) approach the embassy Possible unlikely She would, on an island nation folded, in state laid cerebral along the coast (the brain an aging cheese encroached…by mites…active pissing virtue upon the host) go when […]

Eight: Purity (poetry series)

Posted by ractrose on 18 Apr 2020 in Art, Poems

    Purity   Can you be more use to the world? Wend into your twilight and return your minerals The tab-man counts the unatoned dollar Spent to see firsthand A grateful Europe wrought upon by science You accept that power seeks its balance That men of vision won all this for you You accept […]

Honesty (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Apr 2020 in Art, Poems

    Honesty   Honesty become a tool of abuse Your hands pumping frankness up your neck-strings, mottling your frozen features with lifelike mantling, roseating from your mammoth pores Soon As, from your salesman’s case you pull nothing Saleable to the present state But bandy, as a bandwidth manipulator Your loutish telling of your It […]

Chiswick 1934: Second German Spy

Posted by ractrose on 14 Apr 2020 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     Chiswick 1934   This area, where an up-and-comer rubs shoulders With the fraying shawl of gentility A lineage forged in lint And where underground commuters spot oddity Familiarly in circled eyes And fierce vampiric lights That pudding-skinned visages blanch into a sinister loneliness The chap whom […]

Eight: Mystical (poetry series)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Apr 2020 in Art, Poems

    Mystical   A tribute to your thoughts Brother Nostrazerof**k The gift of seeing first is yours That tweet you called it Months ago when others snored Coincidence is the crossing Of a tool’s path with the genius Groove laid down by his new master   You wake in the mornings Tapped on the […]

Perhaps a Pair of Eyes: First German Spy

Posted by ractrose on 10 Apr 2020 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     Perhaps a Pair of Eyes   Can a man in Tattersby’s estate Plant his feet and lift the standard Do we contemplate to name this tidal movement (a little shaver chipped from the block of ancient manners) The Modern Chivalry Dames to entertain the dropping of […]

Now to Steal (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Apr 2020 in Art, Poems

    Now to Steal    His legatees can’t feel In the moment they are disowned Can’t themselves waste-binned A thread of white tape unwound from the screws A stain sinking iron back to intimacy For a heaven’s afternoon in unfilled pockets Of its first home   There has only been A daughter’s daughter Lightly […]

Boat Rentals (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Apr 2020 in Art, Poems

    Boat Rentals   She tilts up a shutter Her cart is cereal-box proportioned Plywood corners puff like biscuits Coated flyspecks score like nail tips   She issues metal tokens Her hair Grey with a cast of butter Lanking it iridescent like an abalone The bones say pretty met misfortune   Hours of commerce […]