Are You Adaptable (conclusion)

Are You Adaptable (part six)                       “Listen to me.” Like Nola, he put a hand on her arm. “I’m asking you, leave it alone. I don’t even know why…” He took his hand off her arm, and spread both in a baffled gesture. “…you would […]

The Cook: part two (poem)

    The Cook: part two   Seeks he in his master’s forest fallen limbs Or standing deadwood; he begins to notice birds Flock from tree to tree One carols as though lord of finches The cook clouts his staff against a stone And when the song and chatter ceases He is alone. Alone, but […]

My Blog Week: July 1 to July 7

All the Latest from Torsade!                     Sunday, A Figure from the Common Lot‘s Chapter Three, “Peas in a Pod”, came to its conclusion, as morning arrived and Richard brought his memories back to the present dilemma; Monday, “The Cook” (part one), a Fairy Realm poem that […]

The House of Gremot: part one

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Four: The Eye of a Magpie i. The House of Gremot (part one)                   Chapter Four The Eye of a Magpie   Leaf, sharp, continuing, under-hand Wheeling gears, dying in prison The message Is a low-rate postcard Issued by the […]

Pour Some Gravy On: Hammersmith (twenty)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty Pour Some Gravy On         Piggott came to sit, next to Hogben, settling into this chair with a luxuriant spread of knees and elbows, and motioning to the waiter attending them. “Give me a slab of that roast…pour some gravy on. Think I’ll have a bite after all.” He […]

Yoharie: Neighborhood Watch (part one)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (part one)         Out along the edge of the landscaping—the spirea bushes and the Japanese lilac, the forsythia, the azalea, the “Aurica” juniper—Hibbler saw his daughter bent, crouch-walking the rubber strip, picking something and putting it in a bowl. The first owners had planted these shrubs long ago, that […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twelve

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twelve)         To raise a monument to the great emancipator, following I don’t know what baroque idea, they could not find a better place than the foyer of the theater. The philosopher’s image was to preside over the recreation of crowds amused by clowns… They […]

Assorted Opinions: Hate for You, Hate for Me

    Hate for You, Hate for Me         I had the wrong idea about gossip. I thought people sowed hatefulness by putting a bad name on someone; accusing another of having done something:   “Look out, he’ll steal your lunch.” “She smokes in the bathroom.” “His resume is a joke. He […]

Autocratic Mysteries: Hammersmith (nineteen)

Hammersmith Chapter Nineteen Autocratic Mysteries         A torch flared. That one might, in an upstairs reception room, in a city hotel, tended to beggar belief, and Aimee at first started, thinking something had gone wrong with the gas. But a second torch, and then a third, made the room dance with light. […]

You’ve Lost Me (poem)

    You’ve Lost Me   Might a laugh be excused Only let play and withdrawn a second after Only the news a second time Making chapter two in the book of failed tries Ironed flat between stronger signals the man who shrieked old one who consoled the flickering intercom I’m sorry think then might […]