The Raggèd-Rouser Novelist

panel from a graphic novel by The Rickard Sisters

The Raggèd-Rouser Novelist

The trouble with writers, back in that day,
They never had chances to finish the job –
Just splash on the whitewash, any old way,
And promise and short-change and rob.
Too many loose-ends and threpenny warts,
Too many set-ups with no second coat –
Till Misery’s suddenly out of his sorts,
And the author is slashing our throats.

I came for satire, complexity, and human drama – but left with cyphers and a lecture…

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