The iambic pentameters of doom
Mike Potemra at the Corner thinks John Kerry will lose votes because of his close association with…dead poet Langston Hughes:
KERRY BLOWS IT AGAIN [ Mike Potemra ]
A few weeks ago, Bill Buckley wrote a column about John Kerryâ€™s proposed campaign theme, â€œLet America Be America Again.â€ He warned Kerry that the author of those wordsâ€”poet Langston Hughesâ€”had praised Stalin, and would thus not be helpful to the Democratsâ€™ campaign. Well, I just got an e-mail from the publicist at Random Houseâ€”and guess who has just written a preface to a new book of Langston Hughesâ€™s poems? Our friend John Kerry! It seems the left-wing cachet of Langston Hughes among Kerryâ€™s supporters outweighs, for candidate Kerry, the losses he will sustain among moderate and conservative voters.
As I write this trochaic inversion afficianados are creating websites critical of Kerry as well as sponsoring slam poetry readings with anapaestaphiles which will most certainly doom Kerry’s campaign.
Combined with the fact that, when conservatives read something like this:
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–
I, too, am America.
…it just makes them even more determined to vote for Bush.
Oh. And they’ll also hide the white women.
…just in case.