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Elderly Rubbish

Exiled Thucydides knew All that a speech can say About democracy, And what dictators do, The elderly rubbish they talk To an apathetic grave; … (W. H. Auden, “September 1, 1939”) Do dictators skew elderly? In 1939: Stalin 61; Mussolini … Continue reading

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Guide by the Perplexed

The Poet sat in a dive on 52nd Street “uncertain and afraid.” I sit in a shed on 3rd Street where I, too, watch “the clever dreams expire of a low, dishonest decade.” The manic hubbub of tear-it-downers and bust-it-uppers … Continue reading

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