Magazine | August 1, 2011, Issue

Poetry

 

THE MAN ROBBED AND BEATEN AND LEFT FOR DEAD

Across the level road I see

Somebody. He looks back at me.

(And help will come, or help will pass

By these outdated wisps of grass.)

No height or depth can intervene.

Only the smooth stones lie between.

How was my agony outrun?

I have poured out the wind and sun

(Crickets and flies and passersby)

And only watch from where I lie.

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Articles

Politics & Policy

A Hard Day’s Night

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Politics & Policy

Gay Old Party?

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Politics & Policy

Network of Me

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Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Niebuhrian Mean

Reinhold Niebuhr, the distinguished theologian and theorist of “Christian realism,” used to be a major intellectual presence in the United States. He was that rarity, a theologian and public intellectual ...

Sections

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Letters

Remembering WAR I am not sure there is anyone left at NR who will remember me. However, I worked for William Rusher as his secretary from March 1963 until the late ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ In all fairness, he promised he’d stop the seas from rising. He didn’t say anything about the debt ceiling. ‐ The June jobs report was a dark cloud with dark ...
The Bent Pin

Softboiled Speech

There is nothing quite like a letter from an NR reader. Here’s the one that gave me the idea for this column: I note with concern your use of “gay” in ...
Athwart

Wine in the Red

Paul Ryan’s in a restaurant, enjoying a meal with some economists. Perhaps they had some of that delicious Road-to-Surf-and-Turfdom. The meal’s gotten to the stage of satiation where you’re dawdling ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

  THE MAN ROBBED AND BEATEN AND LEFT FOR DEAD Across the level road I see Somebody. He looks back at me. (And help will come, or help will pass By these outdated wisps of ...

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Elections

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