New book turns Sarah Palin’s words into poetry

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It turns out Sarah Palin was a poet, and she didn't even know it. Hart Seely, writing for Slate in 2008, kicked off the Palin-poetry movement by transmuting the base metal of Palin's actual words from interviews into poetic gold. Such alchemical efforts produced "found" gems like this one, titled "On Good and Evil," taken from an interview with Katie Couric:

It is obvious to me

Who the good guys are in this one

And who the bad guys are.

The bad guys are the ones

Who say Israel is a stinking corpse,

And should be wiped off

The face of the earth.

That's not a good guy.

Now, picking up where Seely left off, Michael Solomon has produced I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin, boasting fifty previously-unpublished poems by "Alaska's comic bard." Solomon's foreword tells us that:

"Verse, like America, yearns to be free. Few 21st-century poets understand this better than Sarah Palin. Not since Walt Whitman first heard America singing has a writer captured the hopes and dreams of her people so effortlessly — and with so many gerunds."

Solomon waded through 24,000 pages of those recently-released Palin emails to come up with the verses, like the positively William Carlos Williamsian "But I'm Not Bitter":

The sunshine is perfect —

Too bad we'll be looking at it

Through conference windows

This afternoon.

Solomon made an Independence Day appearance on Keith Olbermann's Countdown, where Olbermann indulged us with pregnantly-paused recitations of several free-verse beauties. Recommended only for the tin-eared.