When history books are written about the forty-fifth president of the United States (assuming that something called “writing” survives, such things as “books” remain, and any human settlements exist to recollect anything in the way of “history”), it may be possible to consider with a degree of equanimity his character, the reasons for his election in November 2016, and what either tell us about the people who voted for him or those who thought it unimportant to vote at all.
Until then, however, there is The Trumpiad. Written in the style and verse-form of Don Juan by Lord Byron, this epic poem in four volumes, forty-nine cantos, and 1092 verses (plus a villanelle) is a cri de coeur, a pungent satire, and a richly allusive Jeremiad on the times we live in, Bas well as a throwback to the mock-heroic epics of Alexander Pope’s Dunciad and Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso. All proceeds for each of the four volumes after costs will be split between Vine, a farmed animal sanctuary in Vermont, and New Alternatives NYC, an organization that helps transgendered homeless youth in New York City.
The Trumpiad is available in various editions, including the entire text online, and also as a printed book, an ebook, and an audiobook.