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Rearmament

December 4, 2013
burnt out Abrahams tank in Iraq

burnt out Abrahams tank in Iraq

These grand and fatal movements toward death: the grandeur of the mass
Makes pity a fool, the tearing pity
For the atoms of the mass, the persons, the victims, makes it seem monstrous
To admire the tragic beauty they build.
It is beautiful as a river flowing or a slowly gathering
Glacier on a high mountain rock-face,
Bound to plow down a forest, or as frost in November,
The gold and flaming death-dance for leaves,
Or a girl in the night of her spent maidenhood, bleeding and kissing.
I would burn my right hand in a slow fire
To change the future … I should do foolishly. The beauty of modern
Man is not in the persons but in the
Disastrous rhythm, the heavy and mobile masses, the dance of the
Dream-led masses down the dark mountain.

— Robinson Jeffers, 1935

American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) was a subtle observer of Nature, a Deep Ecologist before the term was coined, a strong antiwar critic, which he saw as part of a wider problem, man being apart from nature, not a part of Nature. His strong criticism of US entry in WWII, destroyed his reputation and he fell into obscurity.

The inclusion by The Dark Mountain Project of Rearmament in their manifesto, his apparent ability to address our times, has awakened new interest and a critical reassessment of his work. The name Dark Mountain, comes from the last line of his poem.

A more detailed exploration can be found in Rearmament published on Medium.