If all the world’s a stage then even Donald Trump’s oral parade of braggadocio can qualify as poetry. At least that’s the art thesis behind Hart Seely’s new book, “Bard of the Deal,” a collection of poems created unwittingly by The Donald himself.
Seely turned Trump’s quote into a seven-line poem called “The Vicious Ones”:
I was attacked viciously
By those women,
Of course, it’s very hard for them
To attack me on looks,
Because I’m so good looking.
But I was attacked very viciously
By those women.
“Bard of the Deal,” which includes 224 pages of more Trump as slam poet, will be published by HarrperCollins on Dec. 15, just in time for stocking stuffing and most likely a dismissive tweet from the big man himself.
Trump isn’t the only public figure to get the lyrical treatment. In 2010, Seely compiled “Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld” from the former secretary of defense’s oral record. That collection included the excellent haiku-like “Needless to Say”:
Needless to say,
The president is correct.
Whatever it was he said.