Deal with the Devil by Jennifer Lagier

“To say it is amateur hour at the White House is to slander amateurs.” – David Brooks


Faustian GOP legislators
support white nationalism,
sell what remains of their souls
to maintain a death-grip on power.

When conventional law doesn’t permit
unconstitutional executive orders
or appointment of unvetted incompetents,
they change rules in their favor.

A small clique of bigoted
bloggers and tweeters
embargo communication
with actual doers.

Power intoxicates,
encourages opportunistic amateurs
to deliver cruel payback,
pull life and death levers.


Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :

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