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I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Solomon
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Book Description

On June 10, 2011, more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails were released to the public. Discovered among this trove, through the literary sleuthing of editor Michael Solomon, was language that was clearly intended to be poetry. The result is 50 previously unpublished poems by Alaska’s comedic bard.

Writing on everything from moose hunting and beauty pageants to state politics and tanning beds, I Hope Like Heck places the Belle of Wasilla in the poetic pantheon of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson and Dr. Seuss.

As Solomon writes in the foreword: “Verse, like America, yearns to be free. Few twenty-first century poets understand this better than Sarah Palin. Not since Walt Whitman first heard America singing has a writer captured the hopes and dreams of her people so effortlessly—and with so many gerunds.”

"Not since Donald Rumsfeld’s Pieces of Intelligence has an American politician arrived on the literary scene with such a stunningly unintentional poetic debut. Michael Solomon has done us all, and Sarah Palin, the great service of not looking for deeper meanings in her comments. By so doing, he helps us appreciate them for what they truly are – a random collection of words.
—Jacob Weisberg, editor of Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin

Editorial Reviews Review

In the Kindle Single I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin, Michael Solomon assembles "poetry" from the emails that Sarah Palin dispatched while Governor of Alaska. Solomon’s constructions are meant to be humorous. The words on the page look like comic verse, with line breaks and silly titles, but they don't manage to open your senses to a broader world or your mind to new ideas. Instead these poems shine a spotlight on Palin's peculiar syntax and her indignant, prosaic language, which happens to be devoid of metaphor or imagery. Sure to offend both Palin supporters and those who enjoy poetry, this assemblage falls somewhere between absurdity, mockery, and comedic entertainment. The collection raises two sardonic questions: "What is poetry?" and "Who is Sarah Palin?" The answers: "The word 'poetry' means nothing at all, so use it as often as you'd like," and "Sarah Palin is whatever you project upon her." --Paul Diamond

Product Details

  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Byliner (June 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056U9KM8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found poetry June 22, 2011
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Can you capture someone's
Just by taking some of their
Hastily typed emails
Released under the Freedom of Information Act
And dividing them into lines
And giving them funny titles
And charging $1.99 for it?
It seems that in some cases
You can.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and time June 26, 2011
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Yes, we know Palin's email and spontaneous remarks range from perplexing to incomprehensible, but they're not all that funny.

Not funny enough to warrant compiling them into an e-book, even for $1.99.

No wonder Kindle doesn't offer more than the introduction as its sample of this one - a sample of an actual "poem" would hinder sales.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not amusing or interesting March 17, 2012
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The description of this item made it sound far more interesting than what I got. I'm a Sarah Palin supporter but bought this anyway. This book claims in the forward that it tries to make fun of Palin's unique communication style. To start with I think her emails aren't any different than those I've read from everyday people like my mom or my sister. So I don't see what's supposed to be funny about her emails in particular. The very last poem in the book is an actual poem written by Palin and truth be told it's not bad at all. The other emails are formatted to look like prose but aren't. In the final poem she quotes the bible and the editor of this book left it in. So after reading the whole book I was very unsure if the editor actually meant to mock her. If so he didn't do it in a hostile way but maybe in the way one would mock their peers. None of it is slanderous or libel. And none of it is too personal for the public eye. So supporters of Palin probably shouldn't be put off by this at all. But all told it's not that interesting and only worth reading once if only for the last poem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I HOPE LIKE HECK June 28, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 28, 2014
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Wanted more!! Funny, Artistic. Got a George Jr. book of poems?? This could be a series of books. Make it available as an e book with a presenter that sounds like the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read yhis awhile ago February 10, 2014
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Wished she was VP. Has a great writing style. hope there is more to come. Liked her biography also. Great
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing read January 6, 2014
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Quite a relaxing read. Well worth the price but don't expect anything of substance if that is what you are expecting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great surprise!!! February 18, 2013
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I hope that the author keeps updating Mrs. Palin,s poetry.I found it to be rich and insightful. I have shared it with friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun picture of Sarah Palin
What a fun picture of Sarah Palin Michael Solomon has given in his poetry book. I had a ball reading it but there were a few serious moments too. I'm pleased I read it!
Published 5 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gee whiz and golly, she's a poet and don't ...
Gee whiz and golly, she's a poet and don't know it. Sarah's e-mails are poetry to a new level, an unconscous use of the English language to spin, what? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a Liberal POS!
These out of context emails attempt to create connotations of Ms Palin as a Boastful stupid Broad! Who knows what she would have to say to this dumpster diver's attempts to use... Read more
Published on February 25, 2013 by Vinnfizz
3.0 out of 5 stars I was curious
Sarah Palin gives real insight into her personality through her notes.
I have always thought she was under-rated by those who wrote about her. Her last poem is very moving.
Published on February 18, 2013 by Cynthia Varlotta
1.0 out of 5 stars Sophomoric Slop
"Selected poems" included in the title suggests that this was a mere sampling of numerous poetry. I am sorry but the mere thought of Sarah Palin even writing poetry seems so far... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Janie Cilo
2.0 out of 5 stars Nah...
Appreciate the openness in publishing her thoughts and feelings, but poetry it is not! It should be labeled "Selected random thoughts and rants" instead of "selected poems"... Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by M. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars I know it, she's no poet!
The author did a good job of putting together bits and pieces of Palin's thoughts as she attempted to wax poetic. Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Happy Housewife
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