Summer 1945 • Vol. VII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1945 |

The Germans Are Lunatics

Of course, of course! Who else would dieFor profits from some thankless colony,And rot beneath the curt outlandish stoneFor markets long since settled as our own? Would any sane man starve, or go to warFor treaties we were anxious to deplore?A well man sell his liberties for bread—And stock or bomb the cities of the dead? What one of them, if he’d a grain of sense,Would perish for his crazy tenements?What fool would kill his neighbor for the thanksOf governments of other people’s banks?

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Randall Jarrell was a poet, critic, and literary essayist. From 1937 to 1939 he taught at Kenyon College, where he met John Crowe Ransom and Robert Lowell.

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