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Noon in a three star restaurant

Marge Piercy Chiron Review
“He does not represent us,” writes poet Marge Piercy about the misogynist Senator, but knows the “clichés that light up brains.”

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Sonnet for Desiree

Shane McCrae Love's Executive Order
It’s no joking matter, really. as poet Shane McCrae breaks the scam wherein certain members of the current administration deny the obvious.

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Elexxxion

John Paul Davis Rattle
New York poet John Paul Davis reflects on the multitude of political candidates, their promises, their lies.

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POLITICAL DISCOURSE IN AMERICA, 2018

Charlotte Muse
It’s the opposite of attention deficit disorder, observes poet Charlotte Muse; we inhabit “a cloud of mosquitoes,” while the other guy gets richer, stronger.

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Operating on the Body Politic

Philip Fried Dispatches from the Poetry Wars
New York poet Philip Fried makes a diagnosis of brain damage to explain the body politic of a certain politician with orange hair.

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Bad Election

Jennifer Michael Hecht American Poetry Review
How bad is bad? asks the poet Jennifer Michael Hecht, in this wrenching ballad of worse to worst.
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