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Jon Swan

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Jon Swan is a poet, translator, and journalist, who lived for forty
years in the Berkshires and now lives in Maine. His website is

Articles by Jon Swan

POEM: Anchors Aweigh!

Sunday, 29 Mar 2020 - The flotilla of uplifted houses sets out in search of Nova Terra Firma.

POEM: Of Toads & Men

Saturday, 8 Feb 2020 - “How in the world can these senators walk around here upright when they have no backbone?”

POEM: Get Over It, Kids!

Monday, 6 Jan 2020 - And think of it: if planet Earth is, in fact, warming faster than ever, as some say, what’s wrong with that?

POEM: A Dog’s Life

Saturday, 13 Jul 2019 - A dash of doggerel about dystopia, dictators,  and an Airedale.

POEM: Spinal Tap!

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019 - Spinal Tap! The Back Story of a Crippling Disease   When the article describing moral fibrosis, (including the protocol for diagnosis) appeared in the pages and under the aegis of the New England Journal of Medicine a century ago,   who knew? who could possibly know that the disease would wait latently to break out blatantly […]

Poem: Dumb as a Rock

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018 - Allow me to suggest that you exhibit a collection of divots...


Monday, 19 Nov 2018 - Everyone agreed it was a bad hair day… And the president chose to watch TV, high and dry and far from the fray...

POEM: The King of Bedlam

Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 - The King of Bedlam is a portly tun whose three-legged stool he takes for a throne.

POEM: The Helsinki Sequel

Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 - the main difference is one was entertaining fiction, the other factual and deeply creepy

POEM: Naughty Donnie!

Friday, 23 Mar 2018 - Jon Swan's poem about the relationship between Trump and Putin that may not speak its name.

Shrinking the sanctuaries and ‘the last Trump’

Monday, 8 Jan 2018 - Now whatever was gained in the past is being lost at record speed, with neither Trump nor Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke showing any interest in being a good steward of the Almighty’s creation.

POEMS: Grooming; Taps muted

Sunday, 3 Sep 2017 - Two poems about President Donald Trump: “Of him it can truly be said he is all bully and no pulpit.”

POEM: Dreams of a Leader

Thursday, 3 Aug 2017 - Well, sure. TR had to go. And no great loss. Presidents look stupid wearing glasses.

POEM: Poor Rex

Monday, 10 Apr 2017 - What’s more, a man who’s made deals with Vladimir and his oligarch pals