I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin

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Michael Solomon
Byliner, Inc, 2011 - Political Science
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On June 10, 2011, more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails were released to the public. Discovered among this trove, through the literary sleuthing of editor Michael Solomon, was language that was clearly intended to be poetry. The result is 50 previously unpublished poems by Alaska’s comedic bard.

Writing on everything from moose hunting and beauty pageants to state politics and tanning beds, I Hope Like Heck places the Belle of Wasilla in the poetic pantheon of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson and Dr. Seuss.

As Solomon writes in the foreword: “Verse, like America, yearns to be free. Few twenty-first century poets understand this better than Sarah Palin. Not since Walt Whitman first heard America singing has a writer captured the hopes and dreams of her people so effortlessly—and with so many gerunds.”

"Not since Donald Rumsfeld’s Pieces of Intelligence has an American politician arrived on the literary scene with such a stunningly unintentional poetic debut. Michael Solomon has done us all, and Sarah Palin, the great service of not looking for deeper meanings in her comments. By so doing, he helps us appreciate them for what they truly are—a random collection of words."

— Jacob Weisberg, editor of Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin

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Brilliant "Palinguistics".


I Am a Hunter
Oh Shoot
Let Us Praise
Out of the Loop
Truth Beauty
They Can Access Me
One Too Many Lunches
A Heartbeat Away
The Corrupt Bastards Club
Flyin Solo
Still Out of the Loop
Walk Dont Run
The Old Used Tanning Bed

But Im Not Bitter
Sell Fish
I Hope Like Heck
For Other Other Obvious Reasons
No Good Deed
Serenity Prayer
Remember the Young Uns
My Needs Are Simple
Thank U Haiku
On Earth as It Is in Juneau
Dear State Employees
Were Rubber Theyre Glue
The Hungry Piper
Where Theres Smoke
Its a Whack System
You Can Never Have Too Much Moderation
The Tentacles of History
Semper Paratus
Holy Moly
You Are All AmazingExcept Maybe for Bruce
She Said She Said
Carpe Per Diem
Double Dipping
More Is Never Enough
In Remembrance of Thomas Paine
Here but Not Here
Enter the Rogue
The Truth About the Moose
Seriously Why Am I Not in the Loop?
Someone Talked
I May Be Pretty Wimpy
Its the Thought That Counts
Deus in Machina
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Michael Solomon is the executive editor at Byliner and was previously an editor at Esquire and The Daily Beast. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Elle, Newsweek, and The Guardian, and he has published several books, including the Malcolm Gladwell parody "Blank: The Power of Not Actually Thinking at All.

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