Poetry. Like the first collection, Waldman opens with a preview poem, and then he starts in with a list, one titled "Trump, By the Book" with the opening lines:
"Challenges what a common thesaurus
can do: lamebrained, schizo, preposterous,
bugged out, imbecilic, dense, ludicrous,
one and only trumpus dinosaurus,"
Waldman follows that with a dream poem in the president's voice.
This format continues throughout the two main sections of the book: after each commentary there's an italicized dream poem in Donald Trump's voice. Toward the end, there's "Donald Trump, Dream #32" which begins:
"A big stage, me with Batman, Superman,
Popeye, and a trim Miss America.
That was Candy from South Carolina.
Batman called me a real American,
said I was more potent than Superman.
Candy called me Mr. America,
said I should move to South Carolina."
TRUMP SONNETS, VOLUME 2 is sad, disquieting, angry, smart, hopeful, and often very, very funny. It's an apt follow-up to TRUMP SONNETS, VOLUME 1.
Ken Waldman has drawn on his 36 years as an Alaska resident to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. Nineteen books consist of sixteen full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a creative writing manual, and a children's book. Nine CDs include over a hundred original compositions. Since 1995 he's toured full-time, appearing at a wide range of venues for a wide range of audiences, from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, to the Dodge Poetry Festival, to the Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland, Australia), to leading concert series and colleges across North America.
Author City: ANCHORAGE, AK USA