Winter 1983 • Vol. V No. 1 Poetry |

Stalin as Wolf

The position of the wolf was once secure in political theory before it was driven by urbanization back to that final wilderness, e.g. Siberia, where it lingers still without, to anyone's notice, affecting contemporary politics. The plains sparkle in sunlight as a helicopter rushes over the landscape: stunted birches appear and disappear out on the snow-covered tundra where all at once a wolf can be seen: it runs, it trips, looks backward: someone has edited in the hot gasps of a dog to make us hear its fear: it is filmed close up and the camera is slightly jarred when the helicopter gunner fires. The wolf is hit, rolls over in a swirl of snow, then everything is still. Every year in the Soviet Union more than 22,000 wolves are killed, according to recent statistics, and perhaps it is even yet a silent requirement of the Soviet polity---menacing, inaccessible---that would explain the cynical, obsessive precision of the hunting methods both in the filmed sequence noted above (which, w

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