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Found Poetry on the Campaign Trail

By October 15, 2008

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Hart Seely has been at it again, picking out the pieces of found poetry from the public statements of politicians. Five years ago it was then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s press conference utterances Seely cast into poetic shapes. By the time he was finished he had a whole bookful of Rummy poems. Now he’s compiled a series of short poems formed from Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s recent interviews:

from Slate (listed under the category of “Low Concept: Dubious and Far-fetched Ideas”):
The Poetry of Sarah Palin, Recent Works by the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Here’s a sample:

You Can’t Blink

You can’t blink.
You have to be wired
In a way of being
So committed to the mission,

The mission that we’re on,
Reform of this country,
And victory in the war,
You can’t blink.

So I didn’t blink.

(To C. Gibson, ABC News, Sept. 11, 2008)
What do you think, folks?

Our previous posts about poetry in the current campaign:
The Intersection of Politics and Autobiography in Poetry, Obama’s poetry (March 2007)
Harold Bloom comments on Barack Obama’s poems (June 2007)
Poetry vs. Prose in the Presidential Campaign? (February 2008) — This one has a poll asking “Would you vote for a poet for President?” Stop in and vote!
Barack Obama’s Poem Now a Video (July 2008)

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