What Wallace Stevens can teach us about Donald Trump supporters


David Bromwich at The London Review of Books (LRB blog, August 9, 2016) has a thoughtful blog post about what the Wallace Stevens poem “Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz” might help in understanding the mob-mentality of Trump supporters.

Read the post here: These Sudden Mobs

Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz

The truth is that there comes a time
When we can mourn no more over music
That is so much motionless sound.
There comes a time when the waltz
Is no longer a mode of desire, a mode
Of revealing desire and is empty of shadows.


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