La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-four)                     And so the people were afraid. They felt the danger. They had a presentiment of something which would overwhelm them. People with scientific pretensions spoke of the collapse of the mountain, of an earthquake. Others did not […]

Yoharie: Existence (part one)

Yoharie Existence (part one)           “It was like coming out, you know? We were a bunch of losers, and by ourselves, we were all passionate about this book. So, 1995, you’d get in a chat room and you’d say, okay, here’s what’s cool. And get like, a whole nerdvana discussion going. […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (part one)

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (part one)                   [G]ird yourselves and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves and ye shall be broken in pieces.   Isaiah 8:9     Even the walks had been only a nudge. Only to remind Florrie Quincy that she […]

October (poem)

    October   A man looks into a darkened room   The eternal you your coffee in the morning The justice heaven allots to your portion The you snagged from the heat-profile of your being 3D printed on a 3D printed mug   The room is dark, but the open door throws light Curtains […]

My Blog Week: June 30 to July 6

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Old, New, Old News     I’ve been watching the HBO series, Chernobyl (which aired a while back, but I just bought the episodes). If you watched too, you probably […]

Sympathy for the Torturer: Fourth Tourmaline (conclusion)

Tourmaline Sympathy for the Torturer (conclusion)                   Down the coast. That must be the expression. Herward used it, and Herward came from there, called himself a good friend to the Swisshelms. Down the coast they’d sat on the daybed in Anton’s attic room, he with the sisters, […]

Sympathy for the Torturer: Fourth Tourmaline (part two)

Tourmaline Sympathy for the Torturer (part two)               Herward said, “Is that enough? I’ll go back.” He touched often, and did so now, tapping Anton on the wrist and pointing to show the queue empty. “More bread.” “Have mine.” Then: “Now, listen. How would it be…how would you personally […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-three)                       I read in the last number of the Colonies, this of the 7th:   The panic at Saint-Pierre   The migration from Saint-Pierre continues to be more and more intense. From the morning to the evening, […]

Why Not Let (poem)

    Why Not Let   You have to choose things, and delay is not a choice You occupy a desk Your daily life is work and doesn’t work And something like a four-foot space Holds all you see the whole of most your days Your back-vulnerable confrontation with outsiders Ought to have you thinking […]

Sequence: Drawn Upon Imagination (part six)

Sequence of Events Chapter Twelve Drawn Upon Imagination (part six)             Her father’s misogyny made for an awkward pause between them. Then, seeing that she studied the sunken flesh under her right eye, where fragments of shattered bone had been flushed out, the flap of skin stitched down, Dr. Eastland, […]