The form that lets the Devil sneak in is the same that lets the innocent sneak out
I wasn’t too impressed by the poems in the December issue. But this poem, the last one, is worth referring to. It’s about Canada’s most famous rapist and serial killer, Paul Bernardo.
Bernardo was a psychopath, a type of human—it isn’t an illness, and it can’t be treated, never mind cured—that was first described by a Canadian, Robert Hare. Bernardo was good looking; he and his accomplice, his wife Karla Homolka, an equally demented psychopath, were called “the Ken and Barbie killers” by the American press because they were beautiful and charming and ostensibly well put-together. When Bernardo was finally charged, the judge who presided over the case had to rule whether or not the videos of the crimes, which Bernardo had filmed, could be shown in open court. The judge, Patrick LeSage, ruled that Canadians could hear them but they could not see them.
The writer of this series of poems also noted that Early Greek Christians thought of Christ as a new Orpheus – which made me look up Orpheus on Wikipedia.