Babeuf at the Scaffold

From the January 2014 Print Edition

François Noël Babeuf (1760–1797), known as “Gracchus,” was a French revolutionary and social incendiary. He was the instigator of Babouvism, an ideology of ferocious, leveling terrorism to bring about radical equality. He was guillotined by the French Directorate. Babeuf is honored as a hero by Communists of all stripes.Take this head from off my shoulders—
Let my blood make red the blade!
A landslide of resistless boulders
Rolls down towards you. And my shade Continue Reading »

All Gone

From the March 2012 Print Edition

quam magnus numerus Libyssae harenae lasarpiciferis iacet Cyrenis ”Catullus, 7 Silph-bearing Cyrenaica, said a poet, Alluding to a plant now long extinct. The coastal plain of Libya could grow it And nowhere else. The herb had a distinct Fragrance of rosy fennel, with a whiff Of spiciness, as . . . . Continue Reading »

Charity’s Gift

From the May 2008 Print Edition

Pinioned here, I look downwards to see My mother weeping in unfettered grief Her heart transfixed by swords, beholding Me Hang from this branch like autumn’s final leaf. Disciple John-how much more than the rest My soul smiles on him in completest love! Mother and friend, by misery oppressed, . . . . Continue Reading »