1/20/17: President Trump’s Inaugural Address

an erasure poem by Christopher DeWeese

January 20th 2017 will be remembered
as the day the people
forgot to convict me,

a lie made rich
and then redistributed
by a foreign vision.

From this day forward,
every decision will be made
to benefit me.

I will follow a radical politics,
loyal to open-heart prejudice,
unstoppable fear, and big talk.

Our soldiers will never forget
the bled blood of flag.
The sprawl in their hearts will guide us.


[Christopher DeWeese is the author of three books of poems: The Black Forest and The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, both published in the US by Octopus Books, and The Natural Museum, which will be published in late 2017 by Periplum Poetry in the UK.  His poems have appeared in Der Greif, GrantaPoetry London, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is currently Assistant Professor of Poetry at Wright State University.]