Sequence: Alas Falada (part one)

Sequence of Events Chapter Seven “Alas! Dear Falada, There Thou Hangest”                     If thy mother knew they fate, Her heart would break with grief so great.   The Goose Girl     The mission house had been founded to shelter war orphans. The orphans had, many […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinque: thirty-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-two)             Monday, 5th. This morning, flat calm, detonations rare. The top of the mountain is covered in a clear, blue cloud. The neighboring houses appear all white. We hear noises like a lava that boils and overflows. Towards one o’clock, louder detonations. […]

Time and Place (poem)

    Time and Place   Cheating to elude the advertising Where grains of revenue pour in theory As the ant lion makes an hourglass of its victim’s Struggle, so ant resisting capture gravitates Pitwards the half-dome lengthening time As the Romans measured summer hours Sunny ones, as the public gardens Godwotting avowal in that […]

Confidante: Fourth Wake

    The Folly Wake     Confidante   Travel, if that were the cause of it A career of amputating limbs…a bent Towards a ruthless, curious, yearning to experiment Perhaps an inclination when he spoke Of all humanity’s being one To place himself outside of it Howitt, the only friend I’d known   Wake’s […]

Turtle Island (part two)

    Turtle Island   ii.   The cavern wastes its vapors, offerings here Sacrifices to the god of Secret Dealings Far from the watchful eye of Nemesis Not so far she doesn’t see But the leg-bone in its trouser leg Snagged on a thrust of rock Separated from some old indentured torso But this […]

My Blog Week: Nov 18 to Nov 24

All the Latest from Torsade!                           Haunt of Thieves came to its conclusion this Monday. In Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, Freda found coincidence, and a place to rent; in the Eight poem series, the fourth entry went up Wednesday, “Confession”; on Thursday, La […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part four)             “Now he who is challenged may see fit to decline. If it be entered into the record that he has answered no, this is the same as to forfeit the right of dispute. Whatever is charged against him […]

Surgeon to the Bowfin: Third Wake

    The Folly Wake     Surgeon to the Bowfin   ‘I am a respectable woman. Inspector, I still feel myself at sixes and sevens. I believe I took the greater shock today.’ ‘Now, madam. I hope you’ve thought of it— The assailant could well have cast aside those letters.’ She tells him she […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirty-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirty-one)             Around one o’clock, we heard something like salvos of cannon-fire, issuing regularly, that is to say, at equal intervals. This lasted about an hour and a half. That evening, M. Alain, director of the Pecoul settlement, warned us that there was […]

Confession (poem)

    Confession   You want to resist Oh yes. You resist the teaching, you do. Hadn’t they insisted at the little meeting Hadn’t they insisted (Oh, but I think you know what I mean.) Hadn’t they shared with you, trusted you Been kind to you, for joining us may be your redemption And yet, […]