Personal attacks are the pigeons of politics: dirty and omnipresent.
But poetic personal attacks are a rarer bird.
This morning’s Concord Monitor ran a piece of “Political Poetry” from former US poet laureate Donald Hall, a resident of Wilmot, N.H., attacking US Senate candidate Scott Brown. The three-line poem paints Brown as a foolish carpetbagger, distilling the Democratic attack against him.
The poem reads:
Get out of town,
You featherheaded carpetbagging Wall St. clown,
Hall, 85, said he stopped writing poetry a few years ago “because I got too old.”
“Poetry is essentially sexual, and my stopping writing poetry is a result of low testosterone,” he said.
But, he explained in a telephone interview, he decided to take up the pen for a short reflection on the Granite State’s best-known challenger to Democratic US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
“This is a joke, obviously,” he said, adding that he enjoyed writing it, and, as the piece makes clear, he does not like Brown. He said he supports Shaheen.
The Monitor often publishes haikus in its opinion pages. And Hall said he decided to write something like a haiku in honor of the newspaper’s former editor, Mike Pride, who, he said, shares his politics.
“I wrote it and called it not a haiku, but a priku” for Pride, Hall explained.
A Brown spokeswoman, Elizabeth Guyton, responded to the poem in a statement.
“It’s not surprising partisan poets and loyal Obama supporters are lining up behind Senator Shaheen because she’s a blind vote for President Obama and Democrats in Washington,” she said. “Scott Brown’s focused on earning the support of grassroots leaders across New Hampshire, and later today he will roll out his statewide list of county chairs.”