The Ballad of Homo Politicus

by Patrick Stack

The Ballad of Homo Politicus audio

This poem, whose original title was The Assassins’ Campfire Medley, was begun in the summer of 1982 while camping in Glendalough, County Wicklow, during a thunder storm with David West who helped with some lines in the second stanza. It was completed in the following weeks, and finally published in my third dual collection, “13 ::: The Tenderness of Knives” (Amethyst Dragon, 2019).
This recording was made on 08 July 2020.

The Ballad of Homo Politicus (first stanza) by Patrick Stack

First stanza of ‘The Ballad of Homo Politicus’

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