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Poems that are not in The End of the Word as We Know It, by Wes Unruh

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selected reading list


Apocalyptic Faith and Political Violence: Prophets of Terror by James F. Rinehart
Chapter 3: The Mediating Role of the Prophet + Chapter 4: Alienation and the Quest for Renewal
A study of the rhetorical efficacy of eliminationist tropes to market terror.

Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray
Chapter 4: The Americanization of the Apocalypse + Chapter 5: Armed Missionaries
A critique of the mythological effect of 9/11 on the American political zeitgeist.

Black Sun by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
Chapter 8: Nazi UFOs, Antarctica and Aldebaran + Chapter 12: Christian Identity and Creativity + Chapter 14: Conspiracy Beliefs and the New World Order
A review of the influence of folktale and myth on developing terministic screens in counterpublic spheres.

Faces of the Enemy: Reflections of the Hostile Imagination (The Psychology of Enmity) by Sam Keen
Part 1: Archetypes of the Enemy; Apparitions of the Hostile Imagination
A critique of visual representations of the enemy through propaganda, describing specific archetypal enemy stereotypes.

The Beast Reawakens by Martin A. Lee
Chapter 6: A Gathering Storm
A case study of the social, political, and individual enforcers of Denialism as it relates to the Holocaust.

The Communication of Hate by Michael Waltman and John Haas
Chapter 3: Conceptual Properties of Hate-Motivated Speech + Chapter 4: Hate Speech and the Internet
A case study of common aspects of hostility as expressed in text, speech, and in online settings.

The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo
Chapter 10: The Stanford Prison Experiment’s Meaning and Messages: The Alchemy of Character Transformation + Chapter 12, 13: Investigating Social Dynamics: Power, Conformity, and Obedience / Deindividuation, Dehumanization, and the Evil of Inaction
A case study of the power of roles to create social institutions where cruelty is performed.

The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda by Scott Straus
Chapter 5: Why Perpetrators Say They Committed Genocide + Chapter 6: The Logic of Genocide
An ethnographic study of the Rwandan genocide from a journalistic perspective.

Worse than War by Daniel J. Goldhagen
Chapter 3: Why They Begin + Chapter 5: Why the Perpetrators Act + Chapter 8: Thinking and Acting
A critical analysis of a number of historical events and social institutions which performed genocide.


Abecassis, M. (2003). I Hate You Just the Way You Are: Exploring the Formation, Maintenance, and Need for Enemies. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2003(102), 5-22.
The creation of enemies as a part of peer interaction in children.

Berlet, C. (2003). Hate, Oppression, Repression, and the Apocalyptic Style: Facing Complex Questions and Challenges. Journal of Hate Studies, 3(1), 145-166. | Digital Print.
An overview of the nuanced dynamics at play in the communication of hate directed at social institutions.

Blee, K. (2003). Positioning Hate. Journal of Hate Studies, 3(1), 95-105.
A sociological critique of racial hatred as an expression of violence against a community.

Campbell, B. (2010). Contradictory Behavior During Genocides.Sociological Forum, 25(2), 296-314. doi:10.1111/j.1573-7861.2010.01177.x
An analysis of those who perform oppositional acts of defiance in the face of overwhelming pressure to perform as a genocidaire.

Davison, J. (2006). The Politics of Hate: Ultranationalist and Fundamentalist Tactics and Goals. Journal of Hate Studies, 5(1), 37-61.
A review of the measures that exist to counter and contain the politics of hate.

Evans, C. (2006). What violent offenders remember of their crime: empirical explorations. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40(6/7), 508-518. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1614.2006.01833.x
An intensive study which provides insight toward predicting violent behavior.

Levene, M. (2004). Battling demons or banal exterminism? Apocalypse and statecraft in modern mass murder. Journal of Human Rights, 3(1), 65-81.
A think piece challenging understandings of what constitutes an eliminationist practice.

A think piece detailing a question international community faced during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Perry, B., and Olsson, P. (2009). Cyberhate: the globalization of hate. Information and Communications Technology Law, 18(2), 185-199. doi:10.1080/13600830902814984
A review of the growing trans-national nativist inter-relationships formed online.

Powell, C. (2007). What do genocides kill? A relational conception of genocide. Journal of Genocide Research, 9(4), 527-547. doi:10.1080/14623520701643285

Rajadhyaksha, M. (2006). Genocide on the Airwaves: An Analysis of the International Law Concerning Radio Jamming. Journal of Hate Studies, 5(1), 99-118.
A second think piece detailing a question international community faced during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

RIEFF, D. (2011). The Persistence of Genocide. Policy Review, (165), 29-40.
A critique of the international community’s approach to intervention during genocide.

Shepard, J. (2010). Last Man Standing: The American Who Stayed During the Rwandan Genocide — An Interview with Carl Wilkens. Journal of Hate Studies, 8(1), 143-152.
An interview with an activist who helped prevent the murder of hundreds of Rwandan children.

Souleimanov, E. (2010). Armenian Genocide as an International Political Phenomenon. New Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European Affairs, 12(3), 16-24.
A case study of the international conflict which denialism created around the acknowledgement of the Armenian genocide by Turkey.

Whitehorn, A. (2010). The Steps and Stages of Genocide. Peace Magazine, 26(3), 16-19.
A review of the specific trends which precede and indicate potential for genocide to occur.



son awakens every dawn

my son awakens every dawn

there is a madness every father
in all worlds feels
in the moments of preparation

guard against the wilds
the buildings, the edges

motherfucking fringes
the wedges – sadness, and
passages… tainted

we build neon salisbury steak
sinister concoction, bbq forgotten

plastic moats and vertical castles:
we seal purgatory at the gate

Temperate Climate

i weary these harsh mornings
when breath comes ragged
and slow, national, draft…

if torn by age, ravaged
sublime from secret places
the blanket of flesh
wrapped slyly, drawn

and asleep, the legs
my hand, a finger pins
and cold, the circulation
air isn’t the same here

cloud front, a flood
burnt umber, a harvest
and threshing, fields
alighted, post chattel
environment, we given rights

(my motherfuckers are silent
but they got my back
in this temperate climate)

wake the fuck up I slap my skin
and grimace, the flesh is morbid
a roadmap
and I am fevers, sores, lesions
and threshing, dead leather,
a few coins lost in transit

don’t have the desire left
to be a machine, these things
take time, have meaning
truth movement
couldn’t speak sanctions forced this gag, restraint
the officials lien, official line
occlusion: officially lying moderates

Vortex Examines

was there truth
between the swirl, the new world
a breathe away death
cab call too cute
the day stays

the vortex examines:

tracking the features
the new laws, regulations, the changes
required. They are stealing

we still are the people
they are stealing
and with

words. we were given
these documents as holy
relics in place of the ash
the scattering of
and in

ink the new dawn
the wretched, the poor
come huddled,
and we
and we are

and we the plebe
the placid masses
taking turns in que
to change our world
every two years

and we the mass
the briar
the thicket through which
the manifest must come, chained
crowned, brought feet first
down long drawn corridors
of power

and at its head we
and at its feet we
and in its wake we
and here, at its heart we stand

and it was lied and it watched and it was tampered
with, before we were finished
and it was lingering, it the eye
strained wide to capture

and they, they knew not what they
and we, we know naught but what we
and I, I have only what I’ve wrought to accompany
me, this vortex dawn


this demon and the child I was
and the toys and we play
and there are figurines
there are by-laws

this demon stands right next to me
he holds my halo in his claws
with ever and ever after
printed across

this demon stays right next to me
and holds this figurine
that was given
years back

I stand holding demon’s fist
can’t hold palm up the ying is bad
and think toys, and think
cigarettes, piles of powders

this is power, a hard cock
a bullet, demon at your shoulder

march hard
glance a clenched jawline
drown high fructose corn syrup
in lime, gin, black death urge
vodka water life, whiskey age

and demon serves gin, sales pitch
front line, cross fire, theater

the television introduced you to satan
and you bought his cars, you watched
his eyes, your minds were wiped
your souls three mornings ago

was sold to this demon, he holds
coupons for laundry detergent, sends
postcards from satanas, from furfur,

and glyphs and wards forgotten
shall be the wasteland’s remnants
when I and demon at my side


there both are and are not
and it is obvious

and there are both those and they aren’t

they don’t can’t won’t
betwixt and between, bell, book and candle gleam
a shadowy presence, felt but deceived – left

and in leaving, ceases to be: a figure
obvious, in its passing – a dream
left glimpsed by in between eyes, faces surprised

to learn better. We are thoughts, concretized – brought
from the lies, to a space where the world can be solid

and while though squalid, the worlds
we’ve demolished in two hours drinking
critiqueing and calling – paint faces on beings,
seme intro to seeking, grant tutor and pupil both byways to chunnel
deeper the funnel, past square compass and circle, and media
must be moving
to capture

There in the wild, the folklore is mild,
no obvious symbols for unfettered narrative to adhere
but queer, still, outlier to deny, it is cadence in pace with one’s steps..

demand papers at border, defend these the warriors
and boot knife to eyelid we stand – faceless the machinations caste
racial divisions deeper thoughtless the reasons our flag would demand

still roll back the shelter, and fill up the cupboard, and plot
each new gravesite with combat unmanned – drone skyline with lasers
burn pilots from sensors, klaxons and sirens to man battle stations
seven rays and council of nine bring round in full time the true layered in fiction
outside of the mind

this is not a plot of inception
waylaid all things are thought once and will be again
tragic the narrative where the created meets the creator and does nothing
tragic still the dance of the created to the narrator’s demands

the curator presented with a fragment
uncovers the whole – and exposure, though thought naught but rot,
leaves fall, and there a pearl forgot

a magnet – called, called hard, and sought
most precious – things designed to last
to gracefully degrade
leave texture

in it’s wake

by dawn we were riding

with the whistle
we are off, a horn

copper dust and mountaintops beyond the horizon, blue skyline
layered, painted in the distance
coal fires smoking, stains

were three blind men staggering under their crimes
you were dead, hustled out of the shadows
here and buried in secret just enow
broken when I fixed it

left too long these whistling pieces
brain mush, target opposition sneaks in again

pacts, coalescing intentions drive across this swollen ground
it is not your land, not now

what you hathor something bullmarket
in midworld mind malkuth? Black
forest heartached, left schadenfreude treeline
spat arrogance, tumescence in act
if not in deed, indeed…

white stains, clouds without water
a sputum–come: Take this thread through these thoughts, this text…


or perhaps 0

null. A point of reference

from whence to befinger the pointsman

some pretty good privacy leave the door propped open…


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