To Reject Trump the Perverse, Poets Wage a Battle in Verse – Nicholas Kristof – New York Times – 2/9/17
Kristof writes that he did try to seek “out pro-Trump poems, but poets seem to be disproportionately aghast at his presidency.”
“I held this contest partly because we’ve all heard so much commentary about Trump, and I figured that verse might offer a new lens through which to see our president. It also struck me that there are fears that Trump will slash budgets for the humanities and the arts, including the National Endowment for the Arts. So it seemed appropriate to applaud the artists fighting the perverse with verse — and in that spirit, I’ll give the last word to Susan McLean, a poet and English professor at Southwest Minnesota State University:
“Trump seethes at what the writers say.
He’ll pull the plug on the N.E.A.
The joke’s on him. Art doesn’t pay.
We write our satires anyway.”