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Kent Johnson: 4 poems
Four Poems for the
1. Slovenia Will Never be the Same
— for Melania Trump
Slovenia will never be the same.
2. My Hair’s a Golden Helmet in the Sun
— for Donald Trump
3. I Am a Good Person, Overall
— for Hillary Clinton
Though I love all children in the Village, I would, of course, use nuclear weapons against Iran if called for.
4. Don’t be Mad at Me
— for Bernie Sanders
OK, OK, so I didn’t run an independent campaign… I talked to the Language Poets and they said no.
Kent Johnson lives in the United States, though maybe not for much longer. He is co-editor, with Michael Boughn (who lives in Canada, also maybe for not much longer), of Dispatches from the Poetry Warshttp://dispatchespoetry.com/home/news, a more or less frequently updated autonomous zone of satire, institutional critique, archival curiosities, essays, polemics, poems, and inappropriate poetic fun. He wrote the above sequence in approximately three minutes, while watching the Republican Convention, which endorsed Donald Trump as Presidential candidate on a Republican ticket, on the night of July 19, 2016.