Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Caught Red-Hannited

Despite wielding all the sheer lawyer strength
he could muster

the names on the Michael Cohen's client list
were revealed

in fact
by his own lawyer

and one of them
was Fox News' head honcho Sean Hannity.

Suddenly the man concerned
with Robert Mueller III's alleged conflicts of interest
in the investigation of President Trump

and who said of George Stephanopoulos'
secret $75,000 donation
to the Clinton Foundation

because he had just grilled
conservative critic Peter Schweizer
for his book denouncing the non-profit

in so many words
“The idea that they're saying ...
'Oh, it was an honest mistake'

I don't believe that.

I think he thought he'd get away with it
and didn't disclose it”

seems rather non-contrite

while displaying all the signs
of a stammering-
truly-non-guilty man.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Stayed In Bed All Mornin'

(Sung by Stormy Daniels)

It's too late Donny
now it's too late

now go lie in the bed
where we made it

Your chance to contrive a lie has subsided
and you can't fight it

you just can't fake it
(but I did).

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Roseanne Barr Trump

Last Tuesday
was the first episode of Roseanne

and it was a hit.

More than 25 million people
tuned in to watch the Conners

who inhabit a reality both parallel to
and distinct from ours.

In this fantasy land
red and blue collide
in Trump's America

its inhabitants united
by a shared class struggle

under the roof of a house
that is 30 years older
yet still looks the same

a metaphor for something

while managing to be witty
and nuanced
and insightful.

However in this world of 22 minutes
some of the comedy
is intentional

and surprisingly
its creator and executive producer
Roseanne Barr

tweets her support
of the president unironically.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Please Please Me

President Trump
wants there to be
a citizenship question
on the 2020 Census

because he is racist

but also because
he longs for 12.5 million undocumented immigrants

to be self-hating people
who will put themselves down
and give him a sense of accomplishment.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

O' Happy Day

Donald Trump Jr. and
wife Vanessa

who was a contestant
on The Apprentice

are now divorced

after she discovered
his affair with Celebrity Apprentice Cast Member
Aubrey O'Day

which lasted from the end of 2011
to 2012.

A Hillary Clinton supporter
O'Day tweeted after the election

“You can be a lying, abusive piece of trash
that is personally and publicly racist
sexist & homophobic

and run our country.”

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tweet by Fire

Another day
another firing.

Today Rex Tillerson
became ex-Tillerson.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Kellyanne's Con Way

Supporting Roy
wasn't the right thing to do

But how could I
not broadcast what I feel?

If I could've
I would've told the whole world

but I only got
to say it on Fox TV.

I'm Kellyanne Conway

Who cares about the Hatch Act anyway?

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Jared Kushner's security clearance
has been downgraded.

Apparently Mexico
and the United Arab Emirates

have all discussed

how they could take advantage
of his complex business arrangments
lack of experience
and money woes.

Top White House officials
say Kushner was "naive and being tricked"

intimating that he has an inner kindness
and idealism
and must be protected from bullies

when really he is smug and ignorant
and a bully himself

and should never have had any authority 
in the first place.

But whatever works.

Maybe we should do
the heretofore unthinkable
and take pity
on his father-in-law. 

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Sometimes the adults in the room
are the teenagers

calling out those
who are supposed to be in charge.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Do-Nothing Process

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
is a master at channeling her boss

maybe not in exact verbiage

but in the essence
of her defenses of the accused


"You have some very bad people
in that group

but some people
named Rob Porter

accused of physically assaulting
their ex-wives
of which there is photographic evidence

are very fine people."

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Captain Bone Spurs

Dear Mr. Trump

In addition to looking
rather fascist-y

(like the now ancient-seeming
footage from last June

of having Cabinet members
speak one by one
and praise you effusively each time)

suggesting that withholding applause
during your State of the Union address
is treasonous

speaks to a certain level
of obsession with pre-emptive bridge-burning

just to ensure that
in case anything
might be construed otherwise

you will not strive to create unity
nor heal any of our nation's pain.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Game of the Union

Everyone knows that every State of the Union address
is made more fun
with the addition of alcohol

but this one is special. 

Whenever Trump tells a lie
take one drink.

Whenever he
in typical needlessly mean and nasty fashion

accuses Democrats
or anyone who is not him
of interfering with the forward progress of the country

take one drink.

Whenever Trump acts like he improved the economy
or that he took any deliberate action
that led to a positive change

as opposed to his (emphasis on) dumb luck

take a drink.

If he directly states or intimates
that bad news about him is fake

take a drink.

If he makes fun of Hillary
or lambastes the author of the book

whom administration officials
granted permission to acquire information
on more than a dozen occasions

take a drink.

And replace "fun" in the first sentence
with "deadly"

if playing the game
for the whole speech.

Do not do that.

so that you forget the remainder of his speech

a win in itself

but avoid overtaxing the liver

play the game for a maximum
of one minute.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


In now
what barely registers as news

not loving to play the role of political wife
in the first place

will now not be accompanying her husband
to the Davos World Economic Forum

for reasons that seem suspiciously timed
to the revelation
of Trump's year-long relationship

with adult actress Stormy Daniels

when Barron Trump
was four months old.

Would that this consensual
(albeit adulterous) affair

marked the nadir
and not the zenith

of Trump's treatment of women.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Trump's Mouth


(which is really saying something).

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Dear President Trump

Because you're so
"like, really smart" and stuff

it would be like
totally cool of you

to like work even less you know

and maybe also less
of the stuff you call work
like Tweeting

because then like maybe
there won't be like a nuclear apocalypse

and the rest of us
would stay like alive

because you're like
"executive timing" like
all the time.

And you know like

don't like think Oprah
wants to be your running mate in 2020

because she like
hates everything you stand for

and like actually likes
and like cares about
what you like hate

like women and other races and like
generally people who aren't you
even like when they're also like billionaires

but also like nicer billionaires
including Tom Steyer

and like
she thinks you totally suck.

This poem © 2017 Emily Cooper.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Old Pain'd Sigh'n

In 2018 so far

we know that
Orrin Hatch is out
of the Senate

Roy Moore's Jewish lawyer
voted for and raised money
for Doug Jones' campaign

and that supermassive black holes
eventually suck the life
out of big galaxies

which might explain
the last year.

Still sources say
that 2018's mere existence

is a sign
that even with Trump

humanity may persist
for years to come.

This poem © 2018 Emily Cooper.