Magazine | April 25, 2016, Issue

Poetry

WHO IS THE STRANGER WHO OVERTAKES ME

Who is the stranger who overtakes me

On a dark street and taps me on the shoulder?

I turn and there is nobody there but me,

And lights go on in the house on the corner.

I am familiar with the moment of waking,

Sometimes from a dream, mostly from pure silence

And darkness. But I have never been able to discern

The moment when sleep descends

And takes the book from my hands, the light

From my bedside table, my lover’s hand

From mine. It is a mystery as unfathomable

As Death, which I suppose will be as gentle

And fleeting, an angel-guide for the lost ghost.

I shall wonder forever about these things

Like a child winking at the mirror, trying

To catch a glimpse of myself with my eyes closed.

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Politics & Policy

Letters

Why Banks Hate Bucks In his piece “The Abolition of Cash” (April 11), Andrew Stuttaford left out the “drag” on the economy imposed by the “cut” that the banks and processing ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Lindsey Graham has proven he’s willing to do just about anything to stop serving in the Senate alongside Ted Cruz. ‐ Could Paul Ryan emerge from the Republican convention with ...
The Long View

Choose Your Adventure!

The Republican Party Edition™ BEGIN HERE Republican-party front-runner Donald J. Trump pads into the “thinking room” in his elegant, palatial Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago. As he sits on his gilded and intricately ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

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