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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: 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

POEM: Anchors Aweigh!

Saturday, 19 Nov 2016 - A poem from the bard of the Maine Coast, watching the waters rise.

A postscript to “Letter from Maine”

Saturday, 8 Oct 2016 - Texas Republican John Culberson, who has voted to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, has said he believes that a higher power has put life on other worlds and he wants to find it on his watch.

Poem: Heck of a Job

Monday, 25 May 2015 - Iraq’s guts are still steaming/in the dry, hot air of a nation whose reconstituted army/ tends to run for its life when it faces an enemy,/ even though trained at great expense by the U.S. Army.