Weekly poem on Trump Presidency


Shane McCrae

Sonnet for Desiree Fairooz Prosecuted for Laughing at Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

                         Jeff Sessions’ extensive record of treating all Americans equally under the                                                                    law is clear and well-documented.

                                                                    —Senator Richard Shelby


America I’m laughing can you hear me

I’m laughing when I heard you say you     weren’t

Racist because you shared a hotel room

On more than one occasion with a black


Lawyer I’m laughing while you worked to keep him

From voting     can you hear me when I heard

You say you liked the KKK     until

You learned the Knights smoke pot I’m laughing


America when I heard you say it was good

News for the South you are America

Good news for the South I’m laughing when I heard


You say that     after the Supreme Court broke

The Voting Rights Act can’t you tell     if I

Could vote I’d vote against you lock me up


Shane McCrae teaches at Columbia University. His most recent books are In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the NEA, and a Pushcart Prize.


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