And yet he manages to pastoralize
the litter and caved in buildings in a manner almost reminiscent of the picturesque valorising of ruins in the late eighteenth century: "One barn there/Sags, sags and oozes/Down one side of the copperous gully" (5-7).
While Campbell's poems resist any impulse to pastoralize
, they do seek, and find, change in natural elements, as in the collection's first poem, "When all this is over," in which sniper signs "rust on the trees," oxidized by the elements and subsumed by "mountain mayflower" and "under-fished lakes.
Second, and more importantly, he attempts to link Bomber Command's efforts and the resulting destruction of German social fabric to the so-called Morgenthau Plan--the proposal by Henry Morgenthau, US secretary of the treasury at the time, to divide, deindustrialize, and pastoralize
Germany to ensure it would never again become powerful.
Lest you think all this is a theoretical alibi for narcissistic self-inclusion, let me insist that gay men also need something more than their reduction to sex practices and counter domesticities in the queer analytic, which does not mean that we should pastoralize
their sex (the U.