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Five Poems & Two Translations

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The Marriage of Heaven & Hell

“I liked the taste of beer, its live, white lather, its brass-bright depths, the sudden world through the wet-brown walls of the glass, the tilted rush to the lips and the slow swallowing down to the lapping belly, the salt on the tongue, the foam at the corners.”—Dylan Thomas Read more …

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Sur la Lune

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Let’s put on monocles, protract roll call,
and, in the tattered photo’s many greys,
count them in striped pajamas and berets,
these savant-frauds flogged by the wind of fall. Read more …

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Not Allowed To Mourn

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O stolzere Trauer! Ihr ehernen Altäre,
Die heiße Flamme des Geistes nährt heute ein gewaltiger Schmerz,
Die ungebornen Enkel.

— Georg Trakl

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Donny as Shakespeare

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A shithole is a shithole
by any other name.
Our minds are bright and wits full.
We will not play the game, Read more …

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Three Poems

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Pulp Fiction

“I’m glad it’s going slowly”
—Uma Thurman

Weinstein, limp as a mullet,
gets the smoke house oven.
“You don’t deserve a bullet”
says the starlet, lovin’ Read more …

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Mandarins

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These are not some low-caste untouchables
washing their rags in the Ganges river.
They leave their dirty underwear for fools
to pick up, waiting for nuns to deliver Read more …

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Two New Poems

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To Apeneck Sweeney

In what you write and ask
I smell the reek of herring,
matzo balls . . . Your task
is subtle, almost daring,

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Two New Poems

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Charlie Manson (1934–2017)

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Well, Charlie Manson’s dead,
just like poor Sharon Tate.
Upon his wrinkled head
above his eyes, the fate,

of his tattooed Swastika
is certain, after so,
so many years. The shiksa,
pale as November snow,  Read more …

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To Marcus Aurelius

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Good night, Marcus. Blow out the light
and close your book. Where Ursa runs
the stars’ alarm now fills the night.
Heaven speaks to us in tongues,
a barbarian’s fear-stricken shriek
your Latin cannot understand.
Eternal terror, dark and bleak,
reigns over our frail mortal land. Read more …

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Wardrobe Restoration

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The art nouveau oak moulding, chipped and cracked,
barely hanging from a rusty nail,
begs restoration. Klimt’s young maids untacked,
1910 doors, the flailing clothing rail,

fin de siècle mirror, long have lacked
a master’s living hand. In the hot stale
air of the cluttered loft its owner packed
and fled, dust lies decades deep in a pail. Read more …

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The Pyramids of Detroit

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The silverfish climb walls
and crawl the faded floors;
eat peeled wallpaper, balls
of lint in broken drawers;

across veneer, find pairs
of thick and chipped wenge legs,
art deco chaise lounge chairs,
upholstery now in rags. Read more …

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Owls

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The valley sinks into the mist;
the yellow ring of the horizon
eclipses the cornea of the sun;
the ridge blooms purple on my wrist,

fading, inimical and black.
The earth exhales into the dusk,
frost forming in the shaded husk
of afterglows. My wine and sack

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Old South, 1932

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Old South, 1932

We would go down to watch
the fishmongers gut the bream,
father with hand on clutch,
a barge with smoke and steam

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“Rumour Mill” & “Wife”

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Rumour Mill

Rumours may have reached you of
my imminent demise.
They’re largely true, the eyes
of Don Quixote’s every love

look down and almost see my flask
of wine, beer, whisky, rum,
fuel that helped me come
this far, where bells now lift my mask.  Read more …

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Somewhere over Germany, 1945

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At the gates of heaven
he did not know the names
beyond the bombing bay.

But many miles away
he could still see the flames
judging the dead in Dresden.

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Veterans Hospital

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Some nights are never-ending hells
for these old veterans in our care.
We do not hand out pills, but shells,
as out of battlefields they stare
from over sixty years ago
on far-off Guam or Guadalcanal.
With trembling hands they try to show
how the bravest or youngest fell.
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On the Passing of Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen

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My first encounter with a Leonard Cohen song was in October of 1982. I had invited a Polish exchange student to a party in my fraternity house room. He came with an acoustic guitar and played and sang Cohen’s “Suzanne,” a song from the 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen. It was my third year at Alliance College. I was struck by the sublime beauty of the song. Read more …

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The Counter-Currents 2016 Fundraiser
Why We Support Counter-Currents

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Since our last update, we have had 5 donations ranging from $5 to $1,000 dollars, totaling $1,140.  That brings our grand total to $43,713.94. This means that we are only $6,286.06 away from our goal of $50,000. Thank you!

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On Christianity

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Did Jesus Christ die on the cross at Golgotha to atone the sins of humanity, offering redemption to all who believed in him? Or was he a heretic Jew who attempted to reform Judaism so as to strengthen the Jewish in-group, which obviously was weak due to infighting and bitter acrimony among traders on the market squares of the Levant?

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Sex in the City

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She finds herself all by herself in bed,
a web of sunshine on the downy sheet,
a wedding day of bells inside her head,
a layer of cream upon her skin, her feet
still sore from twenty years of love and toil,
yet she thinks that life’s been pretty good.
She hears the bacon sizzle, coffee boil
inside the dented pot of spinsterhood.
She has survived the cold and loneliness
of her decisions, and of her mistakes,  Read more …

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Queue, 1944

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Its weathercock covered with fresh snow,
the barn is dreamy on the hill.
Out of the woods, and lying low,
crawl green men, in . . . in for the kill.

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Counter-Attack

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On 27 January 1945 the Red Army had just been defeated in an armor engagement with the 20th Panzer Division, which was retreating to escape encirclement, slightly south of Gleiwitz in Upper Silesia. Two villages were punished for the defeat: Preiswitz, populated by Poles, and neighboring Schönwald, populated by Germans. In total, 200 innocent civilians were murdered in cold blood.  Read more …

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Maverick Among Placid Cows:
The Poetry of Joseph S. Salemi

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Peter Paul Rubens, Two Satyrs, 1618-1619

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Joseph S. Salemi was born in New York City in 1948 and grew up in Woodside, Queens. His grandfather, Rosario Previti, was a renowned Sicilian journalist, poet, and translator who rendered Edward FitzGerald’s version of the Rubaiyat into Italian, and who served as the American correspondent for the newspaper Don Giovanni in Messina, for which he wrote a popular series of satiric columns on the lifestyles and habits of Americans.

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Leo Yankevich Wins the Counter-Currents H. P. Lovecraft Prize for Literature

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On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the second Counter-Currents H. P. Lovecraft Prize for Literature was awarded to Leo Yankevich, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest living poets in the English language. He is also an eloquent an unapologetic defender of the white race and European civilization.  Read more …

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Caterpillar

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For fifteen days a caterpillar feeds
on sorrel, selfheal, ragwort, mint, or privet.
If a wasp mounts it and injects its larvae,
they’ll prosper on its blood, and then gnaw through

its epidermis, fragile in the weeds.
The woolly bear will suffer trauma, outlive it,
protect the wasp cocoons, and then starve three
weeks, though surrounded by lush leaves and dew.  Read more …

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Die Schultheiss-Bierstube

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Ich blicke herab, sehe es gibt da eine neue Bank,
wo die Schultheiss Bierstube war,
in jenem Sommer 1934.
Es war ein Ort, wo Deutsche
ihr Märzen, Pilsener und Kölsch tranken. Das Sirren
von Sägen in ihren Ohren, den Blick
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Schultheiss Bierstube

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German translation here

I look down, see there’s a new bank
where the Schultheiss Bierstube was
the summer of 1934.
It was a place where Germans drank
their märzen, pilsner, kölsch. The buzz
of saws in their ears, they would look
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Sunday Morning

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We stand and watch, faith almost wavering,
hunger looking out of childish eyes,
daddy so tall, holding the frightened thing,
head on the block just as the hatchet flies,
falling . . . fallen by the empty pen,
taking the longest count, as red wings rise,
free at last, and we are saved again.

 

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The Counter-Currents 2015 Summer Fundraiser 
An Appeal from Our Writers

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TigerPumpkinSince our last update, we have received 16 donations totaling $2,927.88, in amounts ranging from $15 to $1,000. This amount has been matched, for a total of $5,855.76. Our total is now $31,650.64. We are thus $8,349.36 from last year’s goal of $40,000. I want to thank all our donors, new and old, for making Counter-Currents possible. $2,072.12 now remains of the current matching grant. Donate today, and make it go twice as far by picking the pocket of a willing benefactor.

During past years, a number of Counter-Currents writers have written about why they support Counter-Currents, and why you should too:  Read more …

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Mother Europe

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Smoke in the alley of her love,
rank smouldering rags inside a barrel,
as swarthy Syrians push and shove,
like Moors of old, determined, feral .

They’ll raise the crescent, kill the dove,
till “Allah Akbar” drowns our carol.
Our children will learn soon enough,
in Europe, foolish, vain and sterile.

October 18, 2015

 

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