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poetry Eternal Recurrence

“what’s so neo/about neo-nazis,” asks the poet Deborah Landau. And maybe it’s time to do something!

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Eternal Recurrence

By Deborah Landau


I don’t know

what’s so neo

about neo-nazis


they seem a lot

like the old

nazis to me


shouting jews will not replace us

in charlottesville

in frankfurt


marching by my grandmother’s

house shouting

pretty much the same


ought we to get going now

galloping seems

a good idea

Deborah Landau’s fourth book of poems, Soft Targets, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in spring 2019. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, The Best American Poetry, and The New York Times. The recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Brooklyn and directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University.