Synopses & Reviews
Until now, the poetry of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been hidden, "embedded" within comments made at press briefings and in interviews. His preferred medium is the spoken word, and his audience has been limited to hard-bitten reporters and hard-core watchers of C-SPAN.
Just as The Iliad and The Odyssey were spoken aloud by many bards, in many variations, before Homer captured them on paper, the Rumsfeld improvisations have finally met up with their perfect editor/enabler. Hart Seely, coeditor of O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto, uncovers the gems hidden within hundreds of hours of Rumsfeld commentary, in the form of Zen verse, haiku, sonnets, lyric poetry, and free verse. In addition, Seely's sharp sleuthing has uncovered two thematic collections: Rumsfeld's Songs of Myself, and Nine Poems on the Media.
The result is a hilarious and irreverently revealing book both by and about one of the world's most powerful men.
About the Author
Hart Seely is an award-winning reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard. His humor and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, National Lampoon, and on National Public Radio. He is coauthor (with Frank Cammuso) of 2007-Eleven: And Other American Comedies (Villard, 2000), a collection of short humor, and coeditor (with Tom Peyer) of O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto (Ecco Press, 1993). Seely lives in beautiful Syracuse, New York, with his wife and three children.
Table of Contents
I War is Peace: The Zen Master Poet
II Three Haiku
III East is East and West is West, but in Private Conversations, They¹re Really Behind Us: Twelve Sonnets
IV A Rose is a Rose, Unless the President Says Otherwise: Lyrical Poems
V Nine Poems on the Media
VI Because I Could Not Stop for Death, He Kindly Stopped for Saddam: Free Verse
VII Songs of Myself