La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-four)                           XXI  Interview with M. LAGARRIGUE A moving voyage aboard the Rubis, on the morning of the 8th     Lagarrigue, confessor of Saint-Pierre is, I do believe, the only man of the cloth of […]

Each Nerve: Sixth Wake

    The Folly Wake     Each Nerve   She sails, within a fortnight, the Bowfin Wake, relieved, or like a living man Entombed, soon, shall heft aside the grinding lid And breathe He cannot whisper his secret heart to Howitt As a maiden sister might…though his friend invites it Howitt’s intimacy with vein […]

Sequence: Alas Falada (part three)

Sequence of Events Chapter Seven “Alas! Dear Falada, There Thou Hangest” (part three)            She snugged her sash, and bending over Martin, traced his bare shoulder blade. Freda didn’t believe investigating noises was a man’s job, necessarily. She felt that Martin ought merely to be told what she’d been about when […]

Fill It Up Again (poem)

    Fill It Up Again   Your climbing crowds you in In the way your legs jam with kin into a record-smashing Replication of nature’s law for Forcing symmetry on monocellular things Neither can you break into wing, or sink The inside of this bucket wasn’t meant To galvanize your dancing eyes With the […]

My Blog Week: Dec 2 to Dec 8

All the Latest from Torsade!                         Monday this week, a new poem, “Infinite Fall”. Tuesday, Phillip Murchison rolled up his sleeves on Gamotte’s behalf, in Sequence of Events. Wednesday, a new episode of the novella Celebrated, in which Tom recalls his marital mistakes. On […]

The Answer Is No Answer (poem)

    The Answer is No Answer   9927 6996 3334 upstairs Milton the cold caller does better With notes in his own hand and a pin, a survivor’s pin To finger and his friend Chalmers Feels that he will never laugh Stop this silence, stop it now Animalist nations, their guns broken open The […]

Truth for the Victim: Fifth Wake

    The Folly Wake     Truth for the Victim   Wake has become lost Three summonings have failed to raise him   ‘But,’ M. de Clieux says, ‘the case is odd. This woman, …like them all,’ he laughs, ‘confuses me. What is the dénouement?’ To the expert (that nobleman from Rennes) in dead […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-three)             “The 21st, the crater still smoked a great deal. “The 22nd, the mission left and worked as usual. We recognized, as had been announced by the Suchet, that the city had changed in aspect. This time, the ruin is consumed. Everything […]

Celebrated (part six)

Novella Celebrated (part six)               Then, lopsided mischief in her smile: “In your case, though, I think if it makes you squirm, you’re on the right track. If it’s sad enough, you’ll probably feel pretty embarrassed writing it.” Understated, the parting had been. Melancholy…the stronger for the unsaid words, […]

Sequence: Alas Falada (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Seven “Alas! Dear Falada, There Thou Hangest” (part two)         “It’s her back that’s hurt, you bugger. No.” She withdrew a hand, that she flung in a gesture, adding, “My mother won’t work again. And a man like Bragg”—Miss Quincy addressed the journalist—“won’t be made to pay. Not […]