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Chard DeNiord: At Auden’s Grave, September 1, 2016

      “We must love one another or die.”   — W.H. Auden                                                             What caused you to think it was a lie, Old Master—that either/or that gave you pause in “September 1, … Continue reading

January 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Dramatic Monologue — Joseph Brodsky

We tap dance down the highway. There’s an exit. Who made me a pharoah? Dare I gesture — or reach for a cigarette?   Shouldn’t I be on the banks … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

W.H. Auden: September 1, 1939

“We must love one another or die.” Today, over 75 years later, W.H. Auden’s poem September 1, 1939 resonates more than ever. First published in The New Republic in October … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

W. H. Auden: Refugee Blues

Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jim Sleeper: Gazing Into the Abyss

Long before the final results, many Americans knew that our body politic had suffered a seizure after being injected with a poison that nothing in Hillary Clinton’s politics was potent … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Audio: W.H. Auden reads “The Shield of Achilles”

. W.H. Auden’s “The Shield of Achilles” written in 1952, is the title poem of the collection that won the 1955 National Book Award. The poem is composed in alternating … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Audio: ‘Musee de Beaux Arts’ read by W.H. Auden

. Musee des Beaux Arts About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters: how well they understood Its human position: how it takes place While someone else is eating … Continue reading

July 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: “1st September 1939” by W.H. Auden

The date marked the moment when Germany invaded Poland, initiating the start of World War II. “September 1, 1939″ was originally published in The New Republic on October 18, 1939. … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

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