Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse

Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse

Calvin Trillin


In his most recent laugh-out-loud e-book of political verse, Calvin Trillin offers a riotous depiction of the 2012 presidential election campaign.
 
Dogfight is a story poem interrupted usually by way of different poems and sometimes by means of what the writer calls a pause for prose (“Callista Gingrich, conscious That Her Husband Has Cheated On after which Left better halves Who Had critical health problems, attempts Desperately to Make gentle of a nasty Cough”). With an identical barbed wit he displayed within the bestsellers Deciding the subsequent Decider, Obliviously On He Sails, and A Heckuva Job, America’s cut-off date poet trains his points of interest at the Tea social gathering (“These fogeys have been speedy to vocally condemn/All handouts however the ones that went to them”) and the slapstick box of contenders for the Republican nomination (“Though first-tier applicants have been generally out,/Republicans have been asking, “What about/The moment tier or what in regards to the third?/Has not anything from these different degrees been heard?”). there's an ode to Michele Bachmann, sung to the song of a Beatles vintage (“Michele, our belle/Thinks that gays will all be despatched to hell”) and passages at the go out of applicants like Herman Cain (“Although his patter in debates may possibly tickle,/Cain’s pool of data appeared much less pool than trickle”) and Rick Santorum (“The race will leave out the purity/That you by myself endow./We’ll by no means locate one other man/Who’s holier than thou.”)
 
On its strategy to the November 6 finale, Trillin’s narrative takes us via such highlights because the January caucuses in frigid Iowa (“To hearken to lengthy speeches is your duty,/And getting there may possibly freeze off your patootie”), the Republican conference (“It looked like Clint, his chair, and their vignette/Had wandered in from a few adjacent set”), and Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded “47 percentage” speech, which galvanized the “I acquired the Mitt Thinks I’m a Moocher, a Taker now not a Maker, Blues.”

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