Goddard MFA faculty member Bhanu Kapil‘s “Poem Dictated to Eric Trump at 3.46am After a Marathon Video Binge of Twilight and its Two Sequels” was included in the The Guardian‘s 21 poems that Donald Trump might like to see at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
From The Guardian article, “Huddled Masses? Losers! Trump v the Statue of Library: “A senior Trump advisor, Stephen Miller, sparked a furor last week when he dismissed the famous poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty. In response, we asked 21 poets: what type of poem would Trump like to see at the statue?”
“Reimagining the New Colossus . . . In Trump’s Voice” collects 21 US poets, ranging from “the Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove to the Inuit poet Joan Kane.” Read all 21 poems here.
Here’s Bhanu’s poem:
Poem Dictated to Eric Trump at 3.46am After a Marathon Video Binge of Twilight and its Two Sequels
I will dissect your heart and lungs, immigrant,
Remove their masses and eat them,
A wretched meal. Yet, I teem
With health in all weathers. Look at me
Ascending my golden escalator!”–xoxo Donald.
Bhanu Kapil’s most recent book is Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books). A British citizen by birth and circumstance, she now also holds a US passport.