Magazine | February 10, 2014, Issue

Poetry

WORLD

An edgeless bird

Made of words

Passes above the yard.

Dense as a hoof,

Skids from the roof

A block of numbers, falling, striking hard.

In the water tank

Stirs, with a clank,

A serpent, gorged on images, and sleeping.

Thy will, Thy will be done,

Though this administration of the sun

Sees Rachel once more weeping

But now for comfort turning

To electric vermin burning

Through her Comforter –

I loved You through it all.

I love You, yet I wait

Inside the slick, the quicksand plasma gate.

Sarah Ruden is the author, most recently, of a translation of Augustine’s Confessions.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

A Dangerous Deal

For nearly three decades, Iran’s ayatollahs have outfoxed and outmaneuvered Western counter-proliferation efforts. Tehran has repeatedly bested our diplomats, our spies, and, most especially, our gullible political leaders. In the ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Twain, Meeting

About ten, fifteen years ago, a phrase occurred to me: “the Sinification of music.” This refers to the ever-growing influence of Chinese musicians on Western classical music. Has this influence ...

Sections

Athwart

Arise Ye Media

Over at Salon there’s an excerpt from the book Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA. The title, you suspect, comes from John Lennon’s limp hymn to a happy hippie hand-holding ...
The Long View

Document Extracts

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

WORLD An edgeless bird Made of words Passes above the yard. Dense as a hoof, Skids from the roof A block of numbers, falling, striking hard. In the water tank Stirs, with a clank, A serpent, gorged on images, ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Racist Roll Call Reading Kevin D. Williamson’s article “Racism! Squirrel!” (December 31 issue) brought back fond memories of roll call when we had a substitute teacher. As the teacher got to ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Little-known fact: François Hollande’s security is provided by Arkansas state troopers. ‐ “What difference, at this point, does it make?” asked the presumed front-runner in the 2016 presidential race when ...

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Politics & Policy

Hillary Ruins the Plan

Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. This is the first in a series of excerpts.  There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for ... Read More
Economy & Business

The Great Mystery

Kevin Williamson disputes my characterization of his riposte. He writes: I wrote that people can choose what kind of work they want to do, and what kind of services they want to consume, without any help from Michael. Kevin then accuses me of being a stouthearted defender of the “Real America.” If ... Read More
Culture

‘Good Verse, Bad Verse, and Chaos’

I love reading Sarah Ruden, and I’ve enjoyed the attention given to Walt Whitman in these pages over the last few days. Ruden gives the poet the back of her hand for being championed by — angels and ministers of grace, defend us! — intellectuals and professors, a poet “whom ordinary Americans most ... Read More