Poems of the Week


by Alex Steelsmith

“‘He’s a Small Man of Five-Six Saying He’s Five-Seven’: The Psychology Behind Putin’s War”
Vanity Fair

Short leaders “suffer from what can be referred to as the ‘Napoleon complex’…
little men may try to compensate short stature by an extreme drive…
and initiate conflicts more frequently.”
Psychology Today

Vlad the Barbarian
terrifies nations, though
physically small.

Sometimes diminutive
complexes aren’t very
complex at all.