Poetry. A few days after the November 8, 2016 United States presidential election, Ken Waldman considered Donald Trump's surprise victory, and wrote the sentence: "You make George W. seem a statesman—this your opening trick," and made it the first line and a half of a sonnet he titled, "To Donald Trump, from Baltimore." Waldman wrote another Trump sonnet a few days later, then the following week wrote one more. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2016 he wrote an additional 68. 41 were in the voice of President-elect Donald Trump. 28 others were addressed directly to him. There's also an opening and closing sonnet. The result is a detailed examination of the first fifty days of Donald Trump's ascension to the highest office in the United States. It's a worthy sequel to Waldman's AS THE WORLD BURNS, a collection that took on the presidency of George W. Bush. About that book, the Irish poet and critic Kevin Higgins wrote in nthposition.com: "More than poetry: they are documents which will help others, 50 or 100 years from now, come to grips with what is was like to be in the world in the aftermath of 9/11…It is a rare but great thing to see a contemporary poet working in the satiric tradition of Dryden, Pope, and Swift…It achieves the almost impossible by forcing the reader to come to terms with George W. Bush, the three dimensional human being."
Ken Waldman is a writer with eleven full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a writing manual, and a children's book, and a fiddler with nine CDs, including two for kids. A full-time touring artist since 1995, he combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his. His writing has appeared in such publications as Beloit Poetry Journal, Massachusetts Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, and Quarterly West. As a performer, he's appeared at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland, Australia), and numerous theaters and concert series throughout North America. According to the Austin Chronicle, a Ken Waldman show is "like a Ken Burns movie . . . Always recommended." His most recent project is a quartet about the 45th United States president, Donald Trump. The four books include 100 poems in Trump's voice, and nearly 200 poems as commentary. Author City: ANCHORAGE, AK USA