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Poem: Hostility To Stability

A stack of reserved "Fire and Fury" books by writer Michael Wolff sit on a shelf in a bookstore in Richmond, Va., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The new book on President Donald Trump is drawn from what he said was regular access to the West Wing and more than 200 interviews, including some three hours with Trump himself. (Steve Helber/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
A stack of reserved "Fire and Fury" books by writer Michael Wolff sit on a shelf in a bookstore in Richmond, Va., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The new book on President Donald Trump is drawn from what he said was regular access to the West Wing and more than 200 interviews, including some three hours with Trump himself. (Steve Helber/AP)

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Editor's Note: It’s only January, and already this year has brought a series of revelations and disturbing reports about the Trump White House. Our poet of the political scene, Erika Fine, is back for the first time since Trump’s inauguration to share her thoughts.


H O S T I L I T Y   to   S T A B I L I T Y

 

If the “genius is stable

Then why is Trump unable

To distinguish truth from fiction

And use coherent diction?

 

If Trump’s the “smartest ever”

Then why can’t he endeavor

To learn the role our Fourth Estate

Performs to make our nation great?

 

When Michael Wolff and Henry Holt

Produced a book-length thunderbolt,

Trump wished that he could readdress

The libel laws that guide our press.

 

“Oh where, oh where is my Roy Cohn?

He wondered with a loathsome moan.

From Roy he learned to have no scruples —

Yes, Trump was one of Cohn’s best pupils.

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Erika Fine Cognoscenti contributor
Erika Fine is a freelance editor and writer.

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