On Imperialism

Proxies—pertinent, prominent, proximate—
impose war, sustain it.

The Empire ever absent and seemingly elsewhere—
evasive, persuasive, pervasive. Things are

this complicated.

Raza Ali Hasan, "On Imperialism" from Sorrows of the Warrior Class. Copyright © 2015 by Raza Ali Hasan. Reprinted by permission of Sheep Meadow Press.
Source: Sorrows of the Warrior Class (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2015)
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