PANOPLIES: Ode to Old Marx

One hundred years ago next month, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published their famed Manifesto: "A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism." Last week Russia prepared to celebrate the anniversary with suitable huzzahs. "I would like old Marx to see how we are now storming the planet!" cried young Poet Sergei Narovchatov in an ode for the literary magazine Novy Mir (New World). Other excerpts from Poet Narovchatov's proud progress report:

Fear is in every lump of Hearstian mud,

Fear is in every volley that sounds at Piraeus,

Fear is in a false broadcast of the BBC,

Fear is in the sheeplike obedience...

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