George Bush Is "No Man"

Parody poetry has been a bit of a hobby of mine ever since I saw The Brand X Anthology of Poetry, Burnt Norton Edition, edited by William Zaranka (Cambridge, MA: Apple-Wood Books, 1981) more than twenty years ago.

George Bush and his cronies being such perfect targets, I have been doing more and more of it–and recently hosted here a Carnival of the Liberals edition on parody poetry (three Kossacks are included).

What follows is Bush as Wallace Stevens’ “The Snow Man”:

The No Man

(with apologies to) Wallace Stevens

One must have no mind or center

To regard the cost and the harm

Of the Iraq war over our needs;

And have been cold a long time

To behold the deficit shagged with graft,

The suffering rough in the distant New Orleans

Or health-care failures; and not to think

Of any misery in the sound of the wind,

In the sound of a few Dems,

Which is the sound of the land

Full of the same wind

That is blowing in the same bare place

For the decider, who postures, sure doesn’t know,

And, nothing himself, demands

Nothing be good here and makes nothing of what is.