Accidental Political Poets


Poetry is the literary art form that can most readily adapt the grammatically-fraught, political commentaries of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, apparently.

Michael Solomon compiled and edited a bunch of Sarah Palin-isms in I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin. And now that Michele Bachmann’s always speaking in the spotlight, it looks like the poetry-renderings are about to blow up. This is just the beginning:


Every time I’ve run for office,
People have said, “She’ll never win.”
Every time, we’ve been able to do it.
My very first race was the school board.
That one we didn’t win.

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