The A1 Verse: The world’s war machine

By Thomas Gaulkin | June 28, 2022

Illustrations by Zdenek Sasek, modified

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 June 27, 2022.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


G7 Tightens Vise on Russian Trade

(from the original by Jim Tankersley)

Gold and oil,
even missiles:
How war consumed the world.

Gold for oil,
gold, and oil:
War and the international.

Such a theme,
behind the scenes:
The world’s war machine.


As the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows, nuclear threats are real, present, and dangerous

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Jenny Agutter fan
Jenny Agutter fan
4 months ago

Ever notice how there’s no war fought over renewable energy?