State of the Union: Fifty Political Poems
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State of the Union: Fifty Political Poems

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From rough optimism to sharp criticism, fifty American poets present new work dissecting the current political climate in America. Wide-ranging writers bring their bold voices to this collection, including Eileen Myles, Matthew Rohrer, Rebecca Wolff, Terrance Hayes, Joe Wenderoth, and Tao Lin.

“Walking by Hope Street”

Look at the landscape,
A lot of damage, no?
But we are here...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Wave Books
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Sep 08, 2008 CA rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Here's a HANDSOME book! Just in time for the three-legged race to the White House, now that the candidates have their back-up singers, and the burlap bags are paid in full.

But I will only vote for the gayest candidate, so, I know EXACTLY who I'm voting for, as you can imagine!

Gay sex WILL save the world, I PROMISE! I'm working on it!

But I do wish Eileen Myles was running for president again this year. Yeah I know Jimmy Carter is a poet, and I LOVE Jimmy (the gayest of them all!), but Eileen had...more
Cynthia Manick
There was some interesting poems in this collection. The poems range from serious to the lighthearted, so its worth a read. I do have to give a special mention to C.A. Conrad's poem, "Dear Mr. President There Was An Eggshell Under Your Desk Last Night In My Dream." Everyone should read it.
Edward Moore
Good collection. Especially likes "The War of Wars" by Wanda Coleman, "Dove" by Caroline Knox, and "A Citizen" by Don Bogen. The latter has an excellent historical view of America today. Not an uplifting book, really, but it presents a fine variety of pets.
My favorite poets writing my favorite kind(s) of poems. And...nothing special happened. Maybe it's my fault; maybe my expectations were too high. To quote from Dan Chelotti's contribution to the book, "Why aren't you the bomb/that I want you to be?"
I will have a review of this book forthcoming on Galatea Resurrects so I'll post the link once it's up.
Exactly what it is
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Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of six books, including Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America...more
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