The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (six)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part six)       My next choice had been the better one. Although when Sente beckoned me indoors, and his servant—that officious sort, inevitable, who elevates himself wherever two or three are gathered to one purpose—brandished a flat palm at Lom (making…only feebly…to stand), I had been inclined to […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: part five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part five)                         II.   Before the Volcano (On the way to Saint-Pierre, at sunset)     The land!  It is always there at the end of a voyage, an impatience, a quivering, when we approach land. […]

Please Help: conclusion

Short Stories Please Help (part four)         Their names, but he might have got them wrong…he only heard what he thought he heard…were Katrina and Lusanne. Maybe Katherina was the name of his girlfriend. Her sister had been here longer, and her accent was easier, but her name was harder to be […]

The Sovereignty (poem)

    The Sovereignty   King toad in straw basketed with his fellow Rivals lords of hollows under walls King toad yellows shrinking sandy-hued withal His eyes squeezed wise to the sovereignty of tucking He sighs himself flat and banks his warmth Like to a sun-baked skipping stone he can Be a pleasing object in […]

All the Sires of Generations: Flash Fiction

All the Sires of Generations           “That’s too bad. How you figure,” Arbuthnot asked McCoy, “if I put it out…if you get around, I mean, and put it out under my name… Tell ’em the professor, that’s what I hear they been calling me—” Arbuthnot stopped here, and chuckled. “A man […]

My Blog Week: May 6 to May 12

All the Latest from Torsade!                         Chapter Two of A Figure from the Common Lot ended this week, with the culmination of Ebrach’s séance. On Monday, a poem, “Oracle”; Tuesday, the two halves of “The Immortal Lake” posted as one for the first time. […]

Peas in a Pod: part one

                        A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod     Its current carved the land Many more miles long Than the eye can see Landholders, granted degrees On the bank, exchanged in principle The ornamental alloy Gold     […]

Mossbunker’s Castle: Hammersmith (six)

Hammersmith Chapter Six Mossbunker’s Castle         Vic B. Mack was in Mossbunker’s castle keep, as he guessed. Mossbunker had spoken to him, in their mutual professional capacities, once…and had not allowed the press inside his walls. They’d walked the yellowing sward, as Mack felt inclined to call it, passed by the holly hedges […]

Helping Hands: Hammersmith (five)

Hammersmith Chapter Five Helping Hands         She detected Mr. Hogben’s voice, and thought a sort of misery colored his inarticulate grunts. The other man she knew at once for a stranger. Now and again she could hear Minnie Leybourne. Mostly the stranger, passionate. War an invention of the military interests, an affliction […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part five)         Any fortune indicated within a base-up triangle was taken reversed; and the four directions of the wind were the houses into which one’s spirit had been born: the north, of the intellect; east, of love; the south, of concealment; west, of the flesh. I […]