Yeats’ Stance

Yeats’ Stance


When I was about twenty I went by myself
up into the towerthe holy place
and never questioned it, but felt
I could never be of it.

You could feel it in the air
this power

like being shown another planet
and not sure I’d ever come back
from this world of gods who were men.

In these lonely steps I took
there was no one to help me.

You are not allowed here.

The look of the stone the sound
of the stone it’s all

go away.

Dear reader,

I hope you enjoyed the article you just read. It’s just one of the many deeply reported and boundary-pushing stories we publish every day at The Nation. In a time of continued erosion of our fundamental rights and urgent global struggles for peace, independent journalism is now more vital than ever.

As a Nation reader, you are likely an engaged progressive who is passionate about bold ideas. I know I can count on you to help sustain our mission-driven journalism.

This month, we’re kicking off an ambitious Summer Fundraising Campaign with the goal of raising $15,000. With your support, we can continue to produce the hard-hitting journalism you rely on to cut through the noise of conservative, corporate media. Please, donate today.

A better world is out there—and we need your support to reach it.


Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editorial Director and Publisher, The Nation