Milieu (poem)

    Milieu   You like and you don’t like Thin chances but first to subtract aplomb A fellow’s duty done Subtract an unobstructed view and brace Like Dr. Bellows dressed In oilskins, your slumbering other self Can’t help but help Be national interviewee miked and lensed Smooth criminal’s aileron roll on hurricane winds A […]

Haunt of Thieves: part four

  Haunt of Thieves Part Four   Ravens hear the trembling gong’s alarm Harbinger of rolling earth Far away as yet but coming near (Birds of the air may take to flight Men and cities cannot do) Souls they carry heavenward, on each feather tip The lost descends to touch in parting A temple of […]

My Blog Week: Sept 9 to Sept 15

All the Latest from Torsade!                         In Sunday’s Figure, Élucide witnesses her godfather match rhetoric with Ebrach, in a debate pitting spiritualism against Christianity. Monday, Haunt of Thieves, part three; Tuesday, chapter three of Sequence ended with advances in the storylines of Bruner, Luberta, the […]

Élucide: part four

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part four)       The women moved, after dinner, to the screened porch; and following, Sarah came no further than the head of the steps. She waited here, standing where the bannister met the wall, effaced until called on. “Look how the clouds are coming in.” Mrs. […]

Showtime: Hammersmith (thirty-three)

Hammersmith Chapter Thirty-Three Showtime       McKeefe’s was a rough house. Minnie had played to bad crowds, almost always, before Cal Bruce first signed her on, as opening act. The worst spot on the slate. Because she was pretty… Well, a girl like Ruby, brought up religious, not even in a town…out in the […]

Celebrated (part four)

Novella Celebrated (part four)           He grinned. They were sharing a joke, and Tom thought he’d won at last. He’d got farther in than some of his classmates. Go to the history library, she told him. Find books with pictures, get a feel for your setting. (Getting a feel for whatever, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-two)               Behind the façade where they affix the grandiloquent political programs, there is this. The negro can no longer feed the white and the mulatto. Or, the white does not want to die, and the mulatto would like to live. This […]

The Meadow Report

    The Meadow Report The latest developments from the mini-habitat project.   The first shot is of my flower border along the driveway, planted mostly in deer-resistant Coneflowers, Helianthus, Shasta daisy, Tithonia (a real champion performer this year, and easy to grow from seed), and Blue aster. I also have Russian sage; and peaking […]

With Malice Towards None

Assorted Opinions With Malice Towards None, with Charity for All       The phrase comes from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, delivered 4 March 1865. America’s Civil War was winding to a close, and the hour to many seemed the darkness before the dawn. But the division, our nation’s worst (as we’d still like […]

You’ll Be Happy to Know This: part two

Sequence of Events Chapter Three “You’ll Be Happy to Know This, Sir” (part two)           “Sure. I have no use for junk like that. I need to trust the people I hire, Oliver. You’re gonna work for me another time, right?” This last, he said to Bruner, and Bruner, finding himself […]