GOMORRAH & Other Poems


by James L. Clark

The mostly-short rhyme/rhythm poems in this collection were written between November 2015 and February 2017, encompassing some 15 or so months of what was perhaps the most bizarre election season in the nation’s history, culminating in the election of businessman Donald Trump to the presidency.  He was given virtually no chance by the premier political commentators, polling agencies, news media, and probably most of the public right up until the day to vote.  Consequently, many of the verses deal with the election and government in general.  During this period, the danger posed throughout the world by the Muslim jihadist-movement was greatly enhanced, with blood literally in the streets in countries like Iraq and cities like Aleppo in Syria.  Domestically, racial tensions were stretched to the limit, never mind that the nation had elected an African-American to the presidency for two terms.  Far from bringing about “togetherness,” whatever that is, his tenure was marked by civil unrest, weird movements like “Black Lives Matter” and “micro-aggression/safe-space,” and a virtual war on law enforcement, especially in cities like Chicago in which an average of more than two murders per day obtained in 2016.  In the writer’s view, governance was mediocre at best and unbelievably disjointed at worst.  Credible, strong leadership was practically non-existent in both the administration and the Congress.  The Courts were stuck with trying to rule on whether or not men can marry each other, an insult to the intelligence, or exactly who may use what bathroom, as if signs indicating gender were not enough. 

Internationally, the president led from behind, a mode he established in his illegal undeclared and bloody war against defenseless Libya, an act of infamy which destroyed in real time for all time his legacy as a leader, whose obsession with race or how race impacts every issue or problem indelibly marked his tenure.

Except for the first three months or so, the writer suffered a series of serious health-setbacks, so many of the verses were written during the long dark nights when sleep was not an option but pain was. This allowed for much introspection that found its way into the effort, as well as an outward-observation that did the same with respect to cultures and matters worldwide.

GOMORRAH & Other Poems

ISBN 978-1-365-78755-3 (paperback)

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