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Trump Sonnets--
3 Full-Length Poetry Collections 
by Ken Waldman

Nov. 2, 2018
Reviewed by Mark Tamsula

Ken Waldman's First Published Poetry Collection in a Decade

The day after the 2016 November presidential election, Ken Waldman jotted a phrase: 
"Before long, Donald Trump would make former president, George W. Bush, look like a statesman."
That insight led to a sonnet, which led to dozens more. By mid-December, he had enough for Trump Sonnets, Volume 1, which Ridgeway Press of Roseville, Michigan immediately published, and which Ken had in his hands by the inauguration.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 1, is a face off on a ball court of truth vs.reality. Each sonnet fires off 14 lines of astonishment and despair at the country's highest elected official. Every volley met and returned by tweets of ludicrous lewdness, read directly from Donald Trump's mind, and in his voice. 71 sonnets, covering the first fifty days of this administration.

What soon followed was Trump Sonnets, Volume 2, which Ken wrote while on tour in spring 2017. Half of this sequel's 66 poems are incisive commentary (and include poems for Mitch McConnell, Jeff Sessions, and Sean Spicer/Sarah Huckabee Sanders in addition to the Trump ones). For the other half Ken intrepidly submerges into the subconscious realm of Trump's dreams that he imagines Donald Trump might have. No analysis, therapy 

or explanation is suggested, just raw footage from inside the mind of the man who could destroy us all. 

In the summer of 2017, Ken wrote an essay, "Donald Trump is My Muse," to try and explain the deluge of poems. His stage show also titled "Donald Trump is My Muse" features these poems. From fall 2017 to spring 2018, he wrote 

Trump Sonnets, Volume 3: The International Edition. Volume 3 transcends the view from the mountain top to span the entire planet, like a cable package connecting directly to the minds and hearts of people in over 70 countries. Ken Waldman is no longer just channeling himself and Donald Trump, he is now channeling the conscience of the whole country, from the perspective of the entire world. For those of you who have avoided doing, or saying, or thinking anything about this situation we're in, here is your cathartic. Give these poems a chance to be the outlet of your frustration, to realize for yourself where you stand, but arenít comfortable, or up to the task of saying it aloud.

People have asked if there will be a Volume 4. Waldman says only that he's doing his job as an engaged citizen.


Since 1994, Ken Waldman has made his living as a freelance writer, musician, performer, and educator, and has appeared at leading festivals, performing arts centers, concert series, colleges, and clubs throughout North America. He combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his. 
Nine CDs include two for children. Eleven books include a kids' book, a memoir (about his life as a touring artist), and nine full-length poetry collections.

There's more about this project at

and more about Ken at


The Original Artwork of
Robert H. Yonke, Jr.
"The Bluegrass Painter"

May 5, 2004
Reviewed by Mark Tamsula

I take much pride in recommending you visit this site. It's a wonderful collection of music theme art by a really great guy, Robert Yonke. I had the pleasure of getting to know "Fiddlin' Bob" a few years ago, and I was completely taken by surprise when he sent me a holiday card illustrated by his own hand. His gallery displays much of his own life and interests, from rural scenes of Garrett County, Maryland, picturesque views of Deep Creek, and many portraits depicting the spontaneity and colorful energy of festivals and jam sessions. I hope you enjoy it.
Mark     :8^{>~

Old Joe Clark by Robert H. Yonke, Jr.

Charlie Poole reviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air"

WHYY, May 16, 2005 - Rock historian Ed Ward reviews a three-disc release of a Charlie Poole recording from the 1930s. The record, You Ain't Talkin' To Me, is from the Columbia Legacy label.

Listen to the broadcast stored on NPR's website

YOU AINíT TALKINí TO ME was compiled and produced for reissue by Henry Sapoznik, who brings to the project his expertise as a professional musician (adept at banjo and guitar) in the old time and klezmer fields. As an award-winning author, producer, archivist, historian and radio producer he also wrote the definitive 6,000 word liner note essay that completes the package. Additionally, Sapoznik commissioned noted illustrator R. Crumb to create the cover art for the box set.

"Charlie Poole (1892-1931) was the prototypical rough-and-tumble, hard-living Ė and prematurely dying Ė country performer," Sapoznik writes. "Like Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, he sang his life, and his fans idolized him for it. But the recordings collected here reveal something far more profound: Charlie Pooleís role as the patron saint of modern country music."



1. Shootiní Creek 2. Baltimore Fire 3. Leaving Home 4. Thereíll Come a Time 5. White House Blues 6. The Highwayman 7. Hungry Hash House 8. The Letter That Never Came 9. Take A Drink On Me 10. Husband and Wife Were Angry One Night 11. Rambliní Blues 12. Took My Gal A-Walkiní 13. Old and Only In the Way 14. Donít Let Your Deal Go Down Blues 15. Bill Mason 16. A Kiss Waltz 17. Flop Eared Mule 18. A Trip to New York Part 1 19. Sweet Sixteen 20. Write a Letter to My Mother 21. If the River Was Whiskey 22. Motherís Last Farewell Kiss 23. Milwaukee Blues 24. Where the Whippoorwill is Whispering Good-night








1. The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee 2. Sunny Tennessee 3. The Bulldog Down in Sunny Tennessee 4. Moving Day 5. Itís Moviní Day 6. Home Sweet, Home 7. Iím the Man That Rode the Mule ĎRound the World 8. Man That Rode the Mule Around the World 9. Lynchburg Town 10. Going Down to Lynchburg Town ĖIntro 11. Some One 12. Monkey on a String 13. Monkey on a String 14. Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister 15. May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister 16. Married Life Blues 17. The Infanta March 18. Sunset March 19. Iíll Roll In My Sweet Babyís Arms 20. Goodbye Eliza Jane 21. Good-bye Sweet Liza Jane 22. Good-Bye Booze 23. Goodbye Booze 24. You Ainít Talking To Me 25. You Ainít Talkiní to Me-


1. If I Lose, I Donít Care 2. The Battleship of Maine 3. Budded Rose 4. Standing By a Window 5. Uncle Daveís Beloved Solo 6. Come Take a Trip in My Airship 7. I Once Loved a Sailor 8. Dixie Medley from "Spooning and Ballooning" 9. My Wife, She Has Gone And Left Me 10. My Wife Went Away and Left Me 11. Baby Rose 12. Just Keep Waiting Till the Good Time Comes 13. Shuffle Feet, Shuffle 14. Coon From Tennessee 15. Coon From Tennessee 16. On the Banks Of The Kaney 17. Dixie Medley 18. Southern Medley 19. The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Home Never Was a Married Man 20. Sweet Sunny South 21. Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South 22. Oh! Didnít He Ramble 23. He Rambled