Southern Cross Review

Review of fiction, education, science,
current events, essays, book reviews, movie reviews, poetry and Anthroposophy

Number 36, September 2004

Yoga Lady © Peter Hegre

The More Loving One
W. H. Auden

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.
How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.

In the Editor's Page this month, instead of my ramblings, we offer the complete text of John Kerry's powerful testimony before the U.S. Senate about the insanity of the Vietnam war. This is a must read for everyone who will vote in the November elections as well as those who want to know what kind of stuff Kerry is made of.

One of the few objective articles about the Palestine-Israel situation we've found is by Walid Batrawi in "Current Events".

The Anthroposophy section this month includes a lecture by Rudolf Steiner, this time some of his idea about the social scene, and a biographical sketch by someone who knew him.

Last month's publication of "The Gospel of Mary" is followed now by another apocryphal gospel: Thomas.

The Fiction section continues Luise Rinser's novel, "Miryam" and my "Frequent Flyer", and also offers a new story by Mike Ingles and one of my own.

Tarjei Staume goes back in cinematic time to look at some of the great flics; and Bobby Matherne contributes a review of a Picasso biography by Mailer.

The Poems selected for the Poetry section couldn't be more different, but all three are great, each in it's own way.

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Frank Thomas Smith, editor
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Table of Contents

Editor's Page

Winter Soldiers - John Kerry's Testimony on Vietnam


Current Events

Letter from Ramallah
Walid Batrawi


Social Understanding

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner:
a biographical sketch

Alfred Heidenreich


The Gospel of Thomas

The Gospel of Thomas and
the Hermeneutics of Vision

Lance Owens

A Hanging

George Orwell


Miryam - 3
Luise Rinser

The Frequent Flyer - 4
Frank Thomas Smith

Feeding the Bull
Mike Ingles

Frank Thomas Smith

Movie Reviews

Talkin' Old Classic Movies
Tarjei Straume

Book Review

Portrait of Picasso
as a Young Man

Norman Mailer
Review by Bobby Matherne


Gunga Din
Rudyard Kipling

Hymns to the Night

Late Ripeness
Czeslaw Milosz