Tuesday, November 2, 2010 6 Comments

Robespierre

I looked at tomorrow and saw
A broken jaw. That shot
Spoke to you in your own tongue,
Robespierre: Moloch, whose mind
Was pure humanity. How many
In our own dear day batten
On handmade fists of mob?
But they are clowns; but your
Lilied earth had giants in it,
Real swordsmen of the tongue,
Knights by birth or accident,
Who when their steel broke lost,
Who when they lost must die,
Whom no gray republic bred.
Robespierre, star of blood!
Hoisted chinless to the axe,
Frozen fool on the front page,
Mute you still amaze us all.
France, baked in her own fat,
Flamed up then flaked to rust.
Black paper and a little bone,
She is now completely dry,
And barely glows at highest heat
With clunks of treetrunk tongue,
A burnt-out aircraft carrier
Crewed by castrated ghosts.
Her today is mindless patience;
Her tomorrow is the trench.
Her founding father's you.
And America? And America!
And true to form, we wrote
You off. "Basically good boys,"
Said then as still we say,
"But a little over-excited."
Our first crime, for which
Unimaginable punishments
Wait patiently in the sewers.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely was looking for something new from you today. i see you delivered. very nice work.

November 2, 2010 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous B said...

Dies Irae.

November 2, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Rob S. said...

Nice. Most of your poetry is sort of OK, or kind of good. But after ten readings, your 'Hanged in the lovely' is unmistakably the best poem I know of since early Lowell and early Bishop - specifically Man-moth and Colloquy in Black Rock, over 60 years ago. I couldn't praise it enough. Dylan Thomas and Hart Crane couldn't get finish one poem to compare with it, though they have some really nice stanzas.

November 2, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone got any recommendations for books on bureaucratic politics? I'm working my way through Halperin's Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy at the moment. So far it is pretty inline with the Moldbuggian view of State Dept. vs the Military.

November 3, 2010 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger TGGP said...

James Q. Wilson's "Bureaucracy". Although I suppose it isn't really about the "politics" of bureaucracies but what he refers to as their "bureaucratic cultures".

November 3, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Aneesh Mulye said...

@ Anonymous

Why not try Mises' own work, 'Bureaucracy'? I haven't read it myself, and I don't think it's explicitly political the way the work you mentioned is, but given that it's Mises, I don't think you can go far wrong.

November 5, 2010 at 7:01 AM  

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