Anthem for Doomed youth

January 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm (Uncategorized) ()

One of my New Year’s Resolutions (yes, I still make them) was to read more poetry, and as I was in a sombre mood this morning, Wilfred Owen  fit the bill.

I’ve been an admirer of Owen’s work since I was about 15 when a teacher had us read his poem “Dulce et Decorum est, ” and have posted his poems elsewhere on this blog.  On the weekend, I was reading something about the Republicans’ plans to block Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense. The phrase “chickenhawk”, a term new to me,  was used and it reminded me of this poem. Who speaks for youth?

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, —
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.


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New Magazines

January 16, 2013 at 1:14 am (Uncategorized)

New magazines, new magazines.

For those of you who like hard copies, I now have the new issue of Internationalist Perspective. The issue is still available as a PDF at our site for those so inclined.

Also, this week, the new issue of the New Inquiry is out. This issue of the web magazine deals with weather and starts with the old joke: Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it. They also quote Ulrike Meinhoff’s line, “Everyone talks about the weather…we don’t.” Easily worth $2 of your hard-earned cash.

Not politics, but I like it anyway. The new issue of Mojo. When I was coming of age musically, one thing was sure Fleetwood Mac sucked. OK, I used to say that about country music, Led Zeppelin and disco too (still not overly fond of the last o that list, but there you are).  OK, the bluesy Peter Green Mac are quite amazing, but I hate Rumours. Except that the new Mojo has a tribute CD which is actually pretty good too. Damn!

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