Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 20, 2012 - Humor - 176 pages
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In his latest laugh-out-loud book of political verse, Calvin Trillin provides a riotous depiction of the 2012 presidential election campaign.
 
Dogfight is a narrative poem interrupted regularly by other poems and occasionally by what the author calls a pause for prose (“Callista Gingrich, Aware That Her Husband Has Cheated On and Then Left Two Wives Who Had Serious Illnesses, Tries Desperately to Make Light of a Bad Cough”). With the same barbed wit he displayed in the bestsellers Deciding the Next Decider, Obliviously On He Sails, and A Heckuva Job, America’s deadline poet trains his sights on the Tea Party (“These folks were quick to vocally condemn/All handouts but the ones that went to them”) and the slapstick field of contenders for the Republican nomination (“Though first-tier candidates were mostly out,/Republicans were asking, “What about/The second tier or what about the third?/Has nothing from those other tiers been heard?”). There is an ode to Michele Bachmann, sung to the tune of a Beatles classic (“Michele, our belle/Thinks that gays will all be sent to hell”) and passages on the exit of candidates like Herman Cain (“Although his patter in debates could tickle,/Cain’s pool of knowledge seemed less pool than trickle”) and Rick Santorum (“The race will miss the purity/That you alone endow./We’ll never find another man/Who’s holier than thou.”)
 
On its way to the November 6 finale, Trillin’s narrative takes us through such highlights as the January caucuses in frigid Iowa (“To listen to long speeches is your duty,/And getting there could freeze off your patootie”), the Republican convention (“It seemed like Clint, his chair, and their vignette/Had wandered in from some adjoining set”), and Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded “47 percent” speech, which inspired the “I Got the Mitt Thinks I’m a Moocher, a Taker not a Maker, Blues.”


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DOGFIGHT: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse

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Longtime New Yorker staff writer Trillin (Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, 2011) puts his patented poetic spin on the 2012 presidential election.Again exercising an uncanny ... Read full review

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Awesome, witty, timely, sarcastic, witty, lyrical and witty.....what more needs to be said? Read full review

Contents

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15
Trump Trumped
19
First One Out
23
A Brief Reign on Top
27
Oops Indeed
32
The Search for a MittWhomper
36
Newt Redux
43
Carpet Bombing
48
Mitts Got the Gold
88
Bain
92
The White House Prepares
95
The Race Shapes Up
99
A June Surprise
103
Shaken Up
108
Money Makes the World Go Around
114
August Surprise
121

Stuck Again
52
Unstuck
59
Anybody Out There Want to Be President?
63
Unstuck?
67
Carpet Bombing Redux
73
Stuck Again
77
The Southern Strategy
81
The Partys Over
84
Reaching the Starting Line
123
September Surprise
128
Falling Back
133
First Debate
137
Obama Redux
141
The Stretch
145
The Stretch of the Stretch
149
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About the author (2012)

A longtime staff writer at The New Yorker, Calvin Trillin is also The Nation’s deadline poet, at a fee he has been complaining about since 1990. His acclaimed books range from the memoir About Alice to Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. He lives in New York.


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