In the aftermath of the Former Guy’s reckless run at world domination, books detailing the craziness in the White House have super-bloomed. Amid these mostly bloated hardcovers, What Just Happened: 210 Haiku Against the Trump Presidency by Santa Barbara poet David Starkey grows like a delicate sprig of forget-me-nots. Each week of those four horrid years gets just 17 syllables, in which Starkey manages to capture the latest outrage with a courtier poet’s sprezzatura. Future historians will enjoy annotating such nuggets as:
At an observance
honoring Navahos, a
Things turn dark under the unheeded threat of “this China virus,” but the hardest moment is still to come. In week 208, Starkey writes:
At the Capitol
one last traitorous assault
Fortunately, there is no plan for a sequel.