LONG-IN-TOOTH & Other Poems


by James L. Clark

All but the last eight poems in this collection were written between April 2017 and February 2018, thus accompanying most of the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, realized after perhaps the most bizarre and shocking campaign season in history. Right up to ballot-day, he was considered to be the loser by the highest-profile commentators, polling agencies, mainstream news media and probably most of the public. Consequently, many of the poems deal with governmental subjects, especially their anomalies, though such seemed sometimes to be the norms. Racial tensions, especially blacks/cops, did not improve even though Trump's predecessor was a two-term African-American, who was supposed to induce “togetherness,” whatever that is, and whose signature accomplishment was supposed to be healthcare for everyone but was imploding during this period. Diversity continued to be the social god but by definition was divisive and led to quirky movements like “Black Lives Matter” (as if they didn't) and “micro-aggression/safe-space,” defined as what anyone said it was. Women's movements proliferated representing a sort of war against men (actually white men) and a new movement called “Me, Too” took center stage, its theme being the maltreatment of women by men, sexual and otherwise. Some of the poems deal with Islamic jihad, its Muslim adherents committing incomprehensible atrocities throughout the world.

The writer is quite old (hence the title) so some of the verses deal with the aging processes and their results, as well as remarking the generation gap(s) and the moral decline of the nation, giving undue attention to LGBTQ+ individuals/groups (especially transgender), which have joined the “victim-class,” holding the population's vast majority hostage to their quirks, as have many if not most in/of the female movements, despite the fact that women were/are virtually taking over such institutions as the courts and participating in higher education-endeavor in far greater numbers than men. The poems are written in rhyme/rhythm scheme, rather than in free-verse or irregular or some other style, and probably would be called doggerel on most university campuses...but who cares anyway? The last eight poems constitute a testimony and the title poems from the other books of poetry by the author.

LONG-IN-TOOTH & Other Poems

ISBN 978-1-387-63546-7 (paperback)

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