Magazine | October 31, 2011, Issue

Poetry

HEAVEN AND EARTH

Experience of life: its routines; the workaday world;

home leisure, reassuring in their way, buttress

our sense of life’s rational elements, its continuity

upholding our need for a beginning, a middle, and an end,

and awareness of place along the line, holding off conflicts

that bear no resolution: the creep of illness and indifference;

the shadow of death; the forces of chaos at the unwelcome

perimeter, where we struggle mightily to keep them.

And yet, and yet, the flicker of delight across the broad

brow and heaven is full of the laughter of chaos: unexpected,

whimsical, even dangerous unto death. Such chaos, to be

viable as the sparkle of life, has been disarmed — or at least

held back, so we may absorb the humor, drink deeply of the

absurd, and emerge revived and refreshed: with fears, with

life led to the edge of exhaustion, to the place of the void;

restrained, firmly restrained, I suspect by the love of God.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Action Report

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Politics & Policy

Quotin’ Obama

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Politics & Policy

Occupy Salem

So there were Hula Hoops, a composting station, facially pierced trustafarians eating quiche, 9/11 truthers and U.S.S. Liberty truthers, the Black Panther Party, a demand that you “define your aesthetic, ...

Features

Politics & Policy

The Storm-Calmer

Baton Rouge, La. — The Louisiana Democratic party has effectively conceded this year’s gubernatorial race. This does not mean merely that the party could not find a big-name challenger — ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

To Serve and Protect

In a New York Times obituary published a few days after his death earlier this year, William J. Stuntz’s onetime boss at Harvard Law School, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, ...
Politics & Policy

A Left Fairy Tale

Near the midway point of The Ides of March, George Clooney’s handsome new movie about a fictional battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, I found myself trying to imagine the ...
The Straggler

Words, Words, Words

  The launching of a conservative weekly journal of opinion in a country widely assumed to be a bastion of conservatism at first glance looks like a work of supererogation, rather ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Suicide Dissolution In their argument against assisted suicide (“Western Suttee,” October 17), Diederik Boomsma and Jonathan Price claim that “a state recognizing an inalienable right to die could not be anything ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ A bunch of obnoxious, freakish-looking people made a spectacle of themselves in downtown New York. You don’t say. ‐ “There is a tide in the affairs of men / Which ...
The Long View

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Athwart

Null, Spacy

Moving stones from one place to another is an ancient human pastime. For thousands of years, it’s all they had to do. You can build an astrological observatory with religious ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

HEAVEN AND EARTH Experience of life: its routines; the workaday world; home leisure, reassuring in their way, buttress our sense of life’s rational elements, its continuity upholding our need for a beginning, a middle, ...
Happy Warrior

Revolution, Inc.

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