Poetry. Late 2016, immediately after the U.S. Presidential election, Ken Waldman wrote TRUMP SONNETS, VOLUME 1, subtitled THE FIRST 50 DAYS. Veteran poet and critic Grace Cavalieri, wrote: "Good thing we have the First Amendment or this Dude would be an ex-pat. Funny and smart though." The collection quickly went through an initial printing as Waldman wrote a sequel, subtitled 33 COMMENTARIES, 33 DREAMS. Then Waldman wrote TRUMP SONNETS, VOLUME 3, subtitled THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, with poems from the perspective of 72 countries. Now, Waldman has written the fourth in the series, subtitled THE SHRUNKEN SOUL EDITION. This new collection begins at midnight, and proceeds to give Donald Trump's soul a voice on the hour for every hour in a single day, and then beyond. Interspersed are poems in the voices of those in Trump's immediate orbit, from three of his children, to his wife, to Mitch McConnell and Michael Pence, to Kellyanne Conway and George Conway. Like the prior books, the poems range from the bitter to the bitterly funny. In conjunction with this newest book, Waldman has developed a stage show: Trump Sonnets or: How I've Taken on Donald Trump (and Won). This latest book is proof that Ken Waldman, and his publisher, Ridgeway Press, are winning.
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