My Blog Week: June 21 to June 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Granny Economy     It’s worth considering that this time last year—in fact, a few months ago this year—however hot-buttoned the GOP fringers were, they hadn’t thought of getting […]

The Day You Were Born (poem)

    The Day You Were Born   Cock an ear, your master’s voice, drip or pebble Distracting drumbeat, or is it heads-up Heads-up, Dodge Ball You can be the smart one, saw this coming When the world was blind You can find yourself at the center of a bridge A rope bridge, working itself […]

Eight: Abnormalizing (poetry series)

    Abnormalizing   Should Dr. Comus mount to the podium Begged before he dies, of a valediction, lightning-bolted by the gaze When freed as angels his victims anneal him And words break out, in patterns of revealing His ilk, his false-named friends, a younger colleague A theoretician, but a go-getter, they turn them out […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Edge (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Edge (complete)                             “Toto! Stay still while I wash your face! And you, Jules, will you hold your little sister properly, or else…that’s all I have to say! And Louise! Put on your stockings. Do not have your […]

Crumbs Enough (poem)

    Crumbs Enough   Do the things we did become forensic Difficult to reminisce on Small attentions No one else recalls our birthplace Growing up for us dispersal Early burial   Make me a paper doll Make me sorry to have been naïve Make me want to see again Make me sketch her clothes […]

The Mirrors (part six)

The Mirrors (part six)                             “We were on a sort of sea-cliff, our place. No electric. Rainwater, caught in a cistern. Chores continual. I liked Rothesay, I looked forward to his coming. He brought me books by the dozen. And he would […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part one)

Yoharie Because Society (part one)             A simple, rite-based, an utterly credulous piety… So, when you felt in the wrong, no dark night of the soul, no ethical struggle. “Struggle doesn’t seem quite right. A more engaged version of a quandary…?” “Kampf.” “Please. But,” Giarma added, “you want a job, […]

My Blog Week: June 14 to June 20

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Behind the Mask     I have been not wearing a mask; the place I live hasn’t made it mandatory. But I’ve got them now, and it’s time to start. […]

Petal and Perfume (poem)

    Petal and Perfume   At their tables, they waited She had made them see, by knotted strings That flared white, and danced, and left their Interweavings on the eye’s lens Against the contrast of brown limbs A bower of surpassing craft Decked in petal and perfume All that was prelude The trespasser spoke […]

Eight: Lines Attached (poetry series)

    Lines Attached (Shifting Goalposts)   Bulletin: All leaves are cancelled Spring clamped tighter in a chamber locked For the next release ASAP The initiative going forward hews to Lines attached can safely pull it down A limited set of data, determined by newer measurements taken in recent months   Bulletin: Everyone is to […]