Celebrated (part seven)

Novella Celebrated (part seven)                 Alone, his apathy as to whether things got done or not showed itself a burgeoning hazard…now there was no one to pick up, and no one cooked. “You’re feeling pretty down these days,” one of his friends had said. Like that, as a […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-nine)             They even itemized facts: They said that for the common man, the factory owner pressured by the weekly wage, the new management did not accept his documents, the receipts of deposit; the new order raised the objection, they said, that the […]

Not Wanted Here: Ninth Tattersby

    The Folly Tattersby     Not Wanted Here   Awkward. He reminds himself he’d said it to the host Not long ago. He’d meant Fiona. Tattersby. And the awkwardness was Sex. Well, but…the guest says, temporizing. In this dense fog, strolling with somnambulant, cautious footing, he feels the sheen of mist like Lady […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part one)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part one)                 “Vigilance begins where work begins”   From AT & T ad of 1921     “You have no money.” Phillip had said this to her, as they’d left the courtroom. He hadn’t been polite enough, or generous […]

Comfortingly (poem)

    Comfortingly   Why, sun in sky, heart on fire Chimneying throat to brain Befogging vision, bothering the rain Belting diphthongs, oohs for blues Or why do fools   Set their hair aflame Be the wick-end of a honeycomb taper A little eco-chico a moth won’t pay for Scorns its enticer for this brief […]

My Blog Week: Jan 6 to Jan 12

All the latest from Torsade!                         This week began on Monday with “Sacred Science”, the fifth poem in the Eight series, offering some cultish lore. In Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, the end of chapter eight, with a meeting in hints, possibly misconstruals, between Phillip and […]

Edwytha’s Plait: Eighth Tattersby

    The Folly Tattersby     Edwytha’s Plait   Terror, when it comes, warms the night Fallen close and hard of breath like a parachute’s muffling silk and chill Night Borne opaque the face of pity Mirrored in the watcher’s eye The plain below Sinking to the cataract Emerging hidden under rock Mimicking Edwytha’s […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part five)             The Prince said: “Mumas Martas agrees to the challenge. He will fight. He will fight the slave upon the mustering grounds of the fort. What else?” He fingered his chin, artificial in manner. Mocking still, if not more […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-eight

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-eight)                           XXIV Interview with M. Peyrouton  The Treasury. The Bank.     Our former colleague, Peyrouton, who was director of l’Estafette, is treasurer of Saint-Pierre. Returning from leave, on the Canada, he was to have […]

Dougal Inskip’s Lonely Vigil: Seventh Tattersby

    The Folly Tattersby     Dougal Inskip’s Lonely Vigil   When she had been Fiona Medwin Long about the jaw, but fair enough to a man Content to break even on a steady-goer No desire for a flash in the pan Women, though, Dougal says to himself Flash will get them, even the […]