Trump is Perverse, Fight in Verse

Trump is Perverse, Fight in Verse



from “Trump is Perverse, Fight in Verse”

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NYTimes, 2/9/17

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NYTimes, 2/9/17

In today’s New York Times, Nicholas Kristoff announced the winners of his Donald Trump Poetry Contest.

Talker has been accumulating our own share of Trump poems by Rochester poets. Like Kristoff, we haven’t had any pro-Trump submissions!

We’ve had Orange Golem, Trumped and Yes, Donald! by John Roche. And 45 by Frank Judge.

Shawn Dunwoody’s Psalms of the Glackx was written in 2001. But after the recent election, Shawn thinks the psalm is especially relevant. He plans to perform Glackx frequently in the next four years.

Ray Ray Mitrano’s “the privilege of mind with US as your safety-net” was written four days after the presidential inauguration. While Trump is not mentioned, we include the poem.

We are looking for more Trump poems to add to our Prospering Poet’s Page.

Still, it’s only fair to include Trump’s own prose poem in a mixed medium genre. (below)


from RIT’s John Roche offers “Orange Golem” and “Trumped.” And the Donald’s parting shots.

Trump’s Boxing and Talking Pen’s prose poem.


Ray Ray rejoins our conversation: “the privilege of mind with US as your safety-net”

RIT’s John Roche offers “Orange Golem” and “Trumped.” And the Donald’s parting shots.

“Yes, Donald!” by John Roche

“45” by Frank Judge

The electoral year in review. Getting Trumped.

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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