Magazine | July 1, 2013, Issue

Poetry

HEELS UPON THE TILE

When I consider your devoted eyes,

devoid of any vice I could reject,

alive with avid interest, subtly flecked,

and focused on my face with slight surprise,

it seems as though I had disturbed a séance

in which the phantoms of the past collect,

to see in me preposterous, weird nuance,

dramatic as mascara when it dries.

For me, then, there can be no more denial

you love me. I shrink back in re-appraisal,

to closely clutch suspicion like a vial

with my own blend of rosewood and witch-hazel,

strike my stiletto heels upon the tile,

and properly return your proper smile.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

The Cincinnati Myth

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Politics & Policy

One-Party Taxmen

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Politics & Policy

Bureaucratic Rot

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Politics & Policy

Federalism.com

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Features

Politics & Policy

Men’s Rising Earnings

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Epic of a Nation

From Boethius to Bonhoeffer, many authors have written their most famous books in prison. In rare individuals down the ages, the predicament of incarceration seems to have unleashed great creativity. ...
Politics & Policy

Genius for Friendship

Someone should tell the story of this odd couple, because many today would find it hard to believe. Politics often feels like an ideological blood-sport, with pundits mercilessly bludgeoning one ...
Politics & Policy

No Green Light

The Bling Ring, the latest film from Sofia Coppola, marks something of a departure for its director. After several movies that have looked at the celebrity lifestyle from the inside ...

Sections

The Long View

G-Mail Inbox

GMAIL INBOX TO:melanie123987@gmail.com FROM:tyler@nsa.intercepts.contractor.gov Hi! Totally weird coincidence! You and I were in the same homeroom sophomore year! I was the quiet kid in the back? Tyler? Do you remember? Probably not. You were ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

HEELS UPON THE TILE When I consider your devoted eyes, devoid of any vice I could reject, alive with avid interest, subtly flecked, and focused on my face with slight surprise, it seems as though ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

The Thousand Years’ Twilight Victor Davis Hanson has added intriguing and refreshing historical references to the pages of NR for a number of years. As Michael Knox Beran implies at the ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The good news: The NSA doesn’t know you’re reading this. The bad news: The IRS does. ‐ The latest Republican fashion on immigration is to declare broad support for the ...

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U.S.

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PC Culture

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