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Does the Bush Administration sound any better in rhyme? In this biting array of verse, it at least sounds funnier. Calvin Trillin employs everything from a Gilbert and Sullivan style, for describing George Bushs rescue in the South Carolina primary by the Christian Right (“I am, when all is said and done, a Robertson Republican”), to a bilingual approach, when commenting on the Presidents casual acknowledgment, after months of trying to persuade the nation otherwise, that there was never any evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9/11: “The Web may say, or maybe Lexis-Nexis / If chutzpa is a word they use in Texas.”

Trillin deals not only with George W. Bush but with the people around him—Supreme Commander Karl Rove and Condoleezza (Mushroom Cloud) Rice and Nanny Dick Cheney (“One mystery Ive tried to disentangle: / Why Cheneys head is always at an angle . . .”) The armchair warriors Trillin refers to as the Sissy Hawk Brigade are celebrated in such poems as “Richard Perle: Whose Fault Is He?” and “A Sissy Hawk Cheer” (“All-out war is still our druthers— / Fiercely fought, and fought by others.”).

Trillin may never be poet laureate—certainly not while George W. Bush is in office—but his wit and his political insight produce what has been called “doggerel for the ages.”

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"There's nothing for improving a satirist's form like having a good target....The present presidential administration, led as it is by the least articulate politician in living memory (as Trillin notes, 'W' is no Dan Quayle), seems heaven sent for satire, however, and Trillin rises to its benison....Trillin so wryly yet accurately reflects the deep feelings of so many Americans that his rhymes may come to constitute a critical introduction for students of these times." Ray Olson, Booklist

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Equally celebrated as a journalist, essayist, and humorist, Trillin combines the wit and insight he brings to all three vocations in the pointedly funny poetry he writes about contemporary politics and culture.

About the Author

Since 1990, CALVIN TRILLIN has been The Nations “deadline poet,” contributing every week a piece of verse on the news. In discussing his political sympathies, he has said, “I am partial to politicians with iambic names that rhyme with a lot of disparaging words.”

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Laura Harrington, November 21, 2009 (view all comments by Laura Harrington)
Mr. Trillin has a uniquely unmatched talent to turn everything you were thinking into the words you wish you had. The truth, the rhymes, the political satire all come together in a delicious soup. When was the last time you found your self reading an amusing poem or story and then suddenly without warning laughing out load. From the Nanny Dick references to the statement "Oblviously on he sails, with marks not as good as Quales", well, this book will do it for you. What a gift laughter.
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Lisa Smith, January 28, 2009 (view all comments by Lisa Smith)
I can't remember the title of first volume of Trillin's wonderful doggerel, published during the George H.W. Bush administration, but I'll never forget:

If you knew
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400062881
Author:
Trillin, Calvin
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Trillin, Calvin
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Topic - Political
Subject:
Political poetry, American
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Humor-Politics and Business
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
June 1, 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.24x5.54x.69 in. .47 lbs.

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"Review" by , "There's nothing for improving a satirist's form like having a good target....The present presidential administration, led as it is by the least articulate politician in living memory (as Trillin notes, 'W' is no Dan Quayle), seems heaven sent for satire, however, and Trillin rises to its benison....Trillin so wryly yet accurately reflects the deep feelings of so many Americans that his rhymes may come to constitute a critical introduction for students of these times."
"Synopsis" by , Equally celebrated as a journalist, essayist, and humorist, Trillin combines the wit and insight he brings to all three vocations in the pointedly funny poetry he writes about contemporary politics and culture.
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