Trump Sonnets--3 Full-Length Poetry Collections (with A 4th OUT in 2020!)
Newest news about this project: The Puffin Foundation, LTD has
awarded a grant to writer/musician/performer Ken Waldman for
his theater piece, Trump Sonnets or: How I've Taken on Donald
Trump (and Won). The announcement was in February, 2020.
You want satire? Yes, we have satire!
You want tough-minded poems? Yes, we have tough-minded poems!
You want answers? (Is there ever an answer?) One answer, maybe, is
to read all three Trump Sonnets books, have yourself some fun, and be
inspired to stay vigilant and do what you can in these perilous times.
And Trump Sonnets, Volume 4 is due out in April 2020.
On the right, a video produced by Troy Bennett of the Bangor Daily
News in June 2019 prior to Ken Waldman's appearance at PortFringe,
a festival in Portland, Maine. There's a story about it here.
Click the Ridgeway Press website to read about Ridgeway Press, the
Michigan publisher of these four books.
Early 2019, Ken Waldman appeared in New York City, Cambridge MA,
and New Orleans for book release shows, including the latest production
of his full-length theater piece, Trump Sonnets or: How I've Taken on
Donald Trump (and Won). More recently, Ken Waldman has taken the
show to The Marsh Mainstage in San Francisco, to Jalopy in Red Hook
Brooklyn, and to PortFringe in Portland, Maine for five performances.
There, reviewer Douglas Milliken wrote, "It’s a Fringe mainstay, the
unlikely confluence of disparate things finding logical (or at least intuitive)
common ground. For example: on the surface, there seems very little to
suggest that traditional Appalachian fiddle music would lend itself to left-
leaning, spoken-word, Beat-inflected poetry (think less Gary Snyder and
more Jack Kerouac). Yet reduced to their abstractions, what we’re dealing
with are two mythologizing genres, one recalling fondly an idealized
American past and the other a stylized American present. Combine that with
an unselfconscious meander of improvised storytelling, and how is this not
the perfect vehicle for discussing the human experience of our 45th president?"
In July 2020, he'll take the show to the Regina Fringe Festival in Saskatchewan.
In August 2020, he'll take the show to Edmonton, Alberta.