That is a human curiosity –
endear what might destroy you in the wild.
Give children emblems of ferocity
to cuddle when they’re frightened, sad, or riled.
Take what is fierce and form it from tame cloth.
Forget that in the wild it would bite.
Forget its claws; forget its teeth, like froth
glinting against the oceans of the night.
Then stuff it up with cotton, as you stuff
all that is raw and frightening in life;
in nursery rhymes, reducing fears to fluff –
reach for a bear to calm a child’s strife.
A bear and not a mouse to cling to, hold –
illusion that the fierce can be controlled.

July 15, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 13

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Mackubin Thomas Owens reviews Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, by Allen C. Guelzo.
  • Yuval Levin reviews Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, by Jesse Norman and Edmund Burke in America: The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism, by Drew Maciag.
  • Arthur L. Herman reviews Moment of Battle: The Twenty Clashes That Changed the World, by James Lacey and Williamson Murray.
  • W. Bradford Wilcox reviews How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization, by Mary Eberstadt.
  • Carrie Lukas reviews Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream—and Why It Matters, by Helen Smith.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses a life of changing technology.
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .