Deadline Poet: My Life As a Doggerelist

Deadline Poet: My Life As a Doggerelist

by Calvin Trillin
     
 

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A delightful collection of witty poems, paired with even wittier essays about their origins, from the much loved and highly acclaimed bestselling writer and humorist.

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A delightful collection of witty poems, paired with even wittier essays about their origins, from the much loved and highly acclaimed bestselling writer and humorist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In an irreverent, hilarious romp, Trillin (Uncivil Liberties) wraps a running political and cultural commentary around the weekly topical verses he has written for the Nation since 1990. His barbed satirical poems and accompanying essays find their mark in deflating Quayle, Ross Perot, "Republonazi'' David Duke and Margaret Thatcher. There are also witty verses on the Supreme Court's rightward drift, the reunification of Germany, Madonna, Father's Day and Princess Di. Trillin's coverage of the Bush-Clinton contest points up the triumph of image in presidential campaigns. Clinton's NAFTA legislation, his health care plan and his lurch to the center lead Trillin to observe that "Presidents sort of blend together, somewhere in the middle. . . . This seemed particularly true of Bill Clinton and George Bush.'' (Apr.)
Library Journal
Most people know Trillin (Remembering Denny, LJ 3/15/93) as a columnist and essayist writing with humor and perception about a whole range of issues both political and personal. Most of his 16 books are collections of such essays tied together with anecdotal material that further add to our enjoyment. This collection is no different except that Trillin gathered a series of poems he wrote each week for the Nation starting in 1990 and continuing through President Clinton's first summer in office. Trillin's first political verse "If You Knew What Sununu'' launched a new career for him, which included an unsuccessful bid for the position of poet laureate. Gathered here are poems that celebrate famous people who take themselves too seriously. As always, Trillin amuses and offers a lighthearted look at our world. Not an essential purchase, except where Trillin has a following. Collections of contemporary political science might also want to consider.-Denise Sticha, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446671309
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Edition description:
Warner Books Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.91(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1935
Place of Birth:
Kansas City, Missouri
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1957

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