12 May 2017
“I know words… I have the best words,” Donald Trump once said in his superlative way.
Now those words by the new US president have been pulled together as a “collection of poetry” in Norway.
Who knew? Trump the poet?
“What Trump says is closer to poetry and fiction than to reality,” said the Norwegian man who created the collection, Chris Felt.
The book’s tongue-in-cheek title is “Make poetry great again” — a play on Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again“.
The content is composed strictly from speeches, interviews and other statements that the 70-year-old has given over the years.
Among the choice bits turned to poems in the book are words about his daughter that Trump said around 10 years ago.
“I have said
were not my daughter,
I would be dating her”
Felt said the words may be “terribly macho, pitiful and confusing but when the quotations have space around them I see other facets of him”.
According to the publisher Kaggen, the first print run was 2,000 copies — one of which has been sent to Trump. Now the question is whether his penchant for superlatives will make it a “bestseller”.