The A1 Verse: After a missile—

By Thomas Gaulkin | April 11, 2022

Luggage and other belongings remain at the Kramatorsk train station after an April 8 missile strike killed more than 50 people. Photo: National Police of Ukraine (CC-BY)

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred April 11, 2022.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


‘Town Is Dead’ After Station Attack

(from the original by Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Natalia Yermak)

After a missile—
the only sounds
at the railway station
a distant siren,
the rhythmic sweeping
of broken glass,
of people
swept off the face
of the earth
—screams
nobody could understand.


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David Weckert
David Weckert
2 months ago

Hopefully Putin is just rattling the sabre due to some mental breakdown, just as our last potUS did. I hope so.

abe
abe
1 month ago

this is really childish