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Deadline Poet or, My Life as a Doggerelist

Trillin, Calvin

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ISBN 10: 0374135525 / ISBN 13: 9780374135522
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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calvin trillin's deadline poetry or doggerel as he calls it still has bite. written prior to 95 it still applies and should be read aloud. and it makes a great antidote to excessive exposure to the dreaded tea-party syndrome. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 017052

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Title: Deadline Poet or, My Life as a Doggerelist

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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The humorist author of Remembering Denny and If You Can't Say Something Nice combines a selection of his outrageous, whimsical verses with personal anecdotes and astute political observations. 40,000 first printing. Tour.


Around 1990
with The Nation in mind, the
pundit named Trillin
determined he was willin'
to mine politics' grapevine
and write verse on deadline.
His first inspiration was the sound of Sununu.
From there he lambasted, oh, who knew who:
A bachelor named Souter, a court nominee supreme,
Ron, George, and "SAD-dam," and gun nuts extreme;
Jesse and Mario, Bill, Bob, and Paul,
candidates and may-have-beens, one and all;
Bush, we're reminded, lost his lunch in Japan--
not nearly as horrifying as Quayle comma Dan.
Calvin, he thrills at the Texan Perot,
for the rhymingest name on the season's ballot.
The new era was Democrat, with Clinton and Gore.
One still has Bubba fat; the other's a bore.
No one escapes Trillin's sharp, sharp-honed wit,
Excepting the reader, for whom the laughs just don't quit.

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