A Novelty Act: Hammersmith (twenty-four)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Four A Novelty Act         “I can’t tell you why, but for some reason a fried egg will always get a laugh. And so I had one cemented to the first plate, with two strips of bacon…rubber, of course…the plate was a round of enameled iron, like your kitchen sink. […]

Flash Fiction: Peckish

Peckish       “I don’t try to get out of things. I try my best not to get into things.” The weasel had dropped by, as he put it, coming on at first by a peristaltic rippling over a basswood’s roots. The roots canopied mirrored water, pooling naturally between a fallen trunk and a […]

View Halloo: Hammersmith (twenty-three)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Three View Halloo         Swan’s lodging house…or private business of some other type…began its intercourse with the visitor in a sunlit parlor, flanked by closed doors. Hogben, for having breakfasted at Aimee’s, ridden on a train, walked a half-dozen city blocks to Krabill’s, gone by cab to lunch at the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fourteen

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fourteen)             “They followed, one upon another in a furious push, these black waves. One upon another in thunder, making the sea recoil. Shards…swirling… A sloop is projected 150 meters and comes to kill at my side one of my foremen. “I go […]

The Totem-Maker: I Am the Cause (part one)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Three  I Am the Cause (part one)         If in life, the Fates were not indifferent to us, and did not record in their Book merely the start and end of each wayfarer’s journey; if our sorrows, petty to them, were guided rather by a kind and just deity, […]

Like Hell (poem)

    Like Hell   On your honor Or upon your oath Do swear to, or in association with (at any rate) Today you see there’s advantage in planning ahead Just where it tells most, go slot in a word That’s no one’s bond, assuredly not yours Not only because they used to Used to…? […]

The Cook: part three (poem)

    The Cook: part three   Has the night’s frost made bitter marrow Rows of vine leaves melted on their stakes The pith kiln dried to make a flour For currant bread to celebrate mid-winter The seeds fermented in a pot of vinegar Kneeling men lower their billhooks and stare To see a maiden […]

My Blog Week: July 8 to July 14

All the Latest from Torsade!                     Last week, chapter three ended; this week, chapter four, “The Eye of a Magpie” began, of the novel A Figure from the Common Lot, with section i., The House of Gremot. We are back in Honoré’s world; he has arrived […]

The House of Gremot: part two

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Gremot (part two)                   “I did write, madame.” “But, now you are in America, you choose to go by a different name.” He mistrusted these prompts. For two years, although far more often than otherwise, the officials he’d […]

A Titled Visitor: Hammersmith (twenty-two)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Two A Titled Visitor         Vic, as Aimee with Curach, longed for an opportunity to pull (in this case, Monty Hogben would have to do) a confidant aside and ask—what’s it all about? Mossbunker’s height put the two of them knee to knee, and Vic bounced along eyeing the mogul’s […]