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The tweets are calm tonight.

The vote is bull, and so unfair

And full of hate.  On coastal elites the light

Gleams.  So wrong … The cliffs of Alabama stand

Glimmering and vast, ready to vote another day.

Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!

Only, from the long line of fake

Media, where scum weave their grand

Conspiracies against me …

Listen! You hear the grating roar

Of traitors, which a red wave will draw back, and fling,

In 2024, into the desert sand.

O sorrow cease!  And then again begin

With tremulous cadence slow, to bring

A future dawn of gladness in.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

Margaret Soltan, November 18, 2020 11:12AM
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3 Responses to “Poem.”

  1. Greg Says:

    As Mara-a-Lago becomes Dover Beach – or else must*

    *”And Juda becomes New Haven or else must” Stevens, Ordinary Evening in New Haven.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Greg: Yes! As a Wallace Stevens fan, I’ve also been looking into the post-Trump-melancholy possibilities in his work. Ordinary Evening is good; I’m thinking Sunday Morning, with its restlessly idle, vaguely subtropical, point of view/setting, would also work well to capture Trump’s psychology. Those “pungent oranges,” etc., etc.

  3. Gordon Young Says:

    How about “yet the [would be} general[issimo] was rubbish in the end.” Notes Canto III. Though it was true from the start.

    I have no idea what “or else must” means i OE. Stevens presents me with great beauty, wit, and puzzles I’ll never fully fathom, even with the help of Vendler, Eleanor Cook etc. As with Lincoln, he is a deus ex machina down from who knows where.

    Anyway Cantos 29-31 of Ordinary Evening are my favs.

    Just a quick drop in on account of what WS might appreciate as a possible change in our climate.



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