Magazine | June 25, 2018, Issue

Poetry

(Mike Blake/Reuters)

PROSPERO

in memory of Michael Potemra

His magic in the end meant only this
That he could wake up without bitterness

And walk beside the ever-phrasing sea
No longer sunken in his wizardry

No longer dwelling at his soul’s expense
The pauper of his mind’s magnificence

Nor hating with his energy for good
The Caliban imprisoned in his blood

By finding life was always suffering
And always would be despite anything

By finding that he had first to forgive
The past to find the mastery to live

And take the world not for a better place
But for a mirror for Miranda’s face

And no one there could ever know or tell
How much he had been slave to Ariel

In This Issue

Articles

Features

World

Dictator Lit

A fair number of books can be counted a disgrace to literature. But only a special type of book stands as an embarrassment to printing.

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

The Week

The Week

Tensions are high, conflict threatens to flare up, but let’s hope the situation between the White House and the Philadelphia Eagles can be resolved peacefully.
Athwart

Fair as Feck

To remind her audience that they were good people and so that they could applaud her bravery, Samantha Bee called the president’s daughter a “feckless c***.”

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Politics & Policy

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U.S.

In Defense of Coleman Hughes

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Education

College Leaders Should Learn from Oberlin

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Elections

Joe and the Segs

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Film & TV

Toy Story 4: A National Anthem

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