Thu, Dec 13, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

Calvin Trillin: Turning Politics Into Poems

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Calvin Trillin
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Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin returns to Forum to review the 2012 presidential election... in rhyme. He'll discuss the turning point of the first debate: It got so thick, so lacking in one-liners/Some people fell asleep in their recliners. And the Republican's lament of changing demographics: Yes, too many voters of darker complexion/Can cause the wrong person to win an election. Trillin's new book tracing the 2012 presidential campaign in verse is called Dogfight, because: People were saying, "We wonder which dude'll/Emerge as the pit bull, and which as the poodle."

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Calvin Trillin, author, humorist and staff writer at The New Yorker; his most recent book is "Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse"

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