John Roche is an Associate Professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology, a past President of the Just Poets organization, a former member of the board of BOA Editions, and the chief organizer of the 2010 Black Mountain North Symposium in Rochester, NY. He earned his PhD from SUNY Buffalo, studying with Robert Creeley and John C. Clarke.
Three full-length poetry collections, The Joe Poems (2012), Topicalities (2008) and On Conesus (2005), are available from Foothills Publishing (Kanona, NY). His 2011 poetic memoir, Road Ghosts, published by theenk Books (Palmyra, NY), is available from Small Press Distribution. He edited Mo’ Joe: The Anthology for Beatlick Press (Albuquerque) in 2014. John Roche’s poems have appeared in magazines like Malpais Review, House Organ, Cedilla, Yellow Medicine Review, Flurb, Rootdrinker, Big Bridge, Jack Magazine, Interim, Intent, Woodstock Journal, Burning World, Napalm Health Spa, Redactions, and in several anthologies, including Vigil for the Marcellus Shale (2013), Liberty’s Vigil: The Occupy Anthology (FootHills 2012) and Hip Poetry 2012 (Wind Publications). He also edited the collection Uncensored Songs for Sam Abrams (Spuyten Duyvil, 2008), co-edited Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind (FootHills, 2009) with Patricia Roth Schwartz, and edited Martha Rittenhouse Treichler’s Black Mountain to Crooked Lake: Poems 1948-2010, with a Memoir of Black Mountain College (FootHills 2010).
John now spends a lot of his time in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he assists his wife Jules Nyquist with Jules’ Poetry Playhouse.
In A Trumprenuer on the road at Trumpmania, we saw an overflowing display of visual artifacts made in response to the phenomenon of Trump. Today, John adds to the poetic discourse, offering “Orange Golem” and “Trumped.”
In the interest of fairness, following the poems are the Boxing and Talking Pen’s words.
Trump humps the chair
Trump grasps the electric sceptre
Trump pants and groans
Trump sweats orange bleeds orange melts orange
No mad Sweeney
No mad Lear
No mad Queeg
How can a brand be mad?
How can a brand be tragic?
How can a brand be a man?
“Success by Trump” cologne
Trump cuff links
Trump cocktail tables
Trump Natural Spring Water
Trump Ice– yes, he really tried to market ice!
Trump the Game
Tour de Trump
A nation of salesmen meets the age of simulacra
The ultimate Babbitt
The true fruition of everything Melville, Twain, Whitman, Veblen, Lewis, Vidal warned us against
The Donald ‘R’ US
In Hype We Trust
All of us coated with a great orange oil slick
All of us covered in the gurry of it
as Olson would say
All of us covered in great orange whale shit
Is it possible to write poetry after Trump?
On the eve of the election, from his Boxing and Talking Pen, Donald Trump’s parting shots.