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.
Since 1995, Ken Waldman has made his living as a freelance writer, musician, performer, and educator, appearing in a wide variety of venues for a wide variety of audiences. In addition to seven previous full-length poetry collections, he has a memoir and a children's book of poems. He also has nine CDs which combine original poetry with Appalachian-style string-band music and Alaska-set storytelling. Ken Waldman has an MFA from University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his work has appeared in such publications as Arts & Letters, Beloit Poetry Journal, Massachusetts Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, and in anthologies published by University of Alaska Press, University Press of New England, and Everyman's Library. Several of his poems and stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. TRUMP SONNETS: VOLUME 2 (33 COMMENTARIES, 33 DREAMS) is a sequel to his 2017 collection, TRUMP SONNETS, VOLUME 1 (THE FIRST 50 DAYS), also published by Ridgeway Press.Author City: USA