Donald Trump Through Oscar Wilde’s Eyes

In a letter to Financial Times, John O’Byrne of , Dublin, Ireland quotes from Oscar Wilde’s essay, “The Decay of Lying,” delivering a left-handed compliment to President Trump, who has done so much to revive the art: “The true liar” can be recognised by his “frank, fearless statements, his superb irresponsibility, his healthy, natural disdain of proof of any kind! After all, what is a fine lie? Simply that which is its own evidence. If a man is sufficiently unimaginative to produce evidence in support of a lie, he might as well speak the truth at once.”

Rhina Espaillat’s Prescient Political Poem

Here’s a poem that I honestly considered overwrought when Rhina brought it to The Powow River Poetry Workshop many months ago, because who then could have believed that Donald Trump’s campaign would ever gain any traction? The poem sounds a lot wiser now. Thanks to Micah Mattix, editor of Prufrock, for sending out this link to “After the Rally” by Rhina Espaillat, originally published in The Hudson Review.