Partisan inspiration: Donald Hall inspires Twitter poets
The Kearsarge Poetry Festival featured discussions with the new U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall and Maxine Kumin (moderated by Mike Pride).
October 7, 2006
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Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown acknowledges his wife Gail as he announces his plans to form an exploratory committee to enter New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen,, Friday, March 14, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, after a House Republican caucus meeting. Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post at the end of next month, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
It’s not often that you see poetry and politics collide. Leave it to New Hampshire’s own Donald Hall, the former U.S. poet laureate, to launch a different kind of poetry slam that even drew a haiku retort from the New Hampshire Republican chairwoman. In case you missed it, here’s what Hall wrote last week:
Get out of town,
You featherheaded carpetbagging Wall St. clown,
With the speed of a Frost couplet, the brewing brouhaha spread far and wide.
A Boston Globe reporter even reached out to Brown’s campaign, perhaps expecting a terse pantoum or biting limerick.
Instead, a spokeswoman had this to say: “It’s not surprising partisan poets and loyal Obama supporters are lining up behind Sen. Shaheen because she’s a blind vote for President Obama and Democrats in Washington.”
A more lyrical rebuke would have been nice, but at the same time it’s hard to remember the last time a political campaign joined the words “partisan” and “poets” to respond to criticism – and that pairing is just about perfect for a Twitter hashtag.
So without further ado, here are some of our favorite little pieces of poetry under #partisanpoets on Twitter:
David Wallace (@deedubya) I think that I shall never see / A candidate as smart as me #partisanpoets and every Tea Party voter.
David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) Partisan Walt Whitman: O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our unemployment rate / Is the fault of the business-crushing regulatory state #partisanpoets
Kevin Franck (@KevinFranck)
Then I saw the press corps creeping to a flack / cutting through his pro-spin on a golden track #partisanpoets
Michael Sherry (@msherryflax)
My name is Eric Cantor, Leader of Majority/Look on my works ye mighty, and despair!/Nothing beside remains #partisanpoets
Pundit Review (@PunditReview) #partisanpoets Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and Obama picked the wrong one, of course.
Noreen (@NoreenClaireFJ) #partisanpoets Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, As i had already run for Senate in Massachusetts.
Steve Koczela (@skoczela) Cry havoc and let slip a comparative ad! #partisanpoets
Andy Metzger (@MetzgerBot) One if by land, and two if by sea, and at least a $300,000 ad buy to go on the air. #partisanpoets
Scott Bishop (@scottbishop) In the rooms Warren comes and goes Talking of relief for student loans #partisanpoets
Elizabeth Mahoney (@emahoney12) Press, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so #partisanpoets
Steve Koczela (@skoczela) Come my friends is not too late to seek an unskewed poll! Push off and sitting well in order, reweight to change the outcome! #partisanpoets
Kathy Staub (@mrsstaub) Blessings on thee little man, Barncoat boy, with cheek of tan. With your silly pick-up truck, Bringing in your Koch-fed muck #partisanpoets
Chip Moynihan (@ChipMoynihan) Scott Brown Dreams: Hold fast to dreams / For if dreams die / You must find a home in a new state. #partisanpoets
Tom Dionesotes (@tomdionesotes) Look on my internal polling ye Mighty, and despair! #partisanpoets #va07
Josh Gee (@jgee) Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the moderate right.
Brian Jencunas (@BrianPJencunas) And what rough speaker, his hour come round at last / slouches toward federal court to be tried. #partisanpoets #mapoliElliot
Jordan Vance (@JordanRVance) Yeats: but I being poor have only my dreams. Thanks Obama for treading on my dreams. #partisanpoets
Meghan (@meghanbkelly) this is just to say / i have taken / the tea party votes / you were counting on / forgive me / they were so easy / so angry / so bitter #partisanpoets
Dean Barker (@deanbarker)
Truck and the man I sing, who first from shores of the Bay State came to Rye, an exile, by election. #partisanpoets #nhsen