Monday, 6 October 2008

Sarah Palin: Poet of the Northern Tundra

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I'm doing it again, aren't I? I've already blogged about Sarah once today and I was going to leave it be, but then Caspar (our editor) sends me two more amusing pieces and I really can't help but share them with you.

I wrote the other day about Palin's steady (but often nonsensical) platitudes, but that was before I realised she was actually reciting her own poetry. Thankfully, Slate have put me right on that one:

"Challenge to a Cynic"

You are a cynic.
Because show me where
I have ever said
That there's absolute proof
That nothing that man
Has ever conducted
Or engaged in,
Has had any effect,
Or no effect,
On climate change.

(To C. Gibson, ABC News, Sept. 11, 2008)
See. She's actually a poetic genius. Or as Hart Seely puts it in the Slate piece:
"In campaign interviews, the governor, mother, and maverick GOP vice presidential candidate has chosen to bypass the media filter and speak directly to fans through her intensely personal verses, spoken poems that drill into the vagaries of modern life as if they were oil deposits beneath a government-protected tundra."
Let's have another example:

These corporations.
Today it was AIG,
Important call, there.

(To S. Hannity, Fox News, Sept. 18, 2008)
As if this wasn't enough, Slate's Kitty Burns Florey also takes a look at Palin's grammar, and needless to say it's amusing.

Last Palin post of the day? Let's see what happens between now and 5.30.