Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016


Everyone Was in the Loop

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Ambassadors check in, John Bolton checks out: Mulvaney,

Burisma, Biden, Giuliani… this drug deal they are

Cooking up. Prez phones Ukraine,

Do us a favor. Investigate.

Everyone was in the loop, says Gordon Sondland.

Fixer, personal lawyer, Rudi “Hand Grenade”

Giuliani knots the loop. Fiona

Hill disdains domestic political errand.

In the loop: Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence.

July, Prez freezes military aid. Back in

Kyiv, Rudi’s message: gotta love investigations.

Loop lassos Sondland, Kurt Volker, Rick Perry.

Mick shrugs, Get over it. Fiona Hill shakes her head,

Not in the national security interest,

Old falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests.

Pelosi charges extortion, Prez claims no

Quid Pro Quo. Does he know Latin? Tweets like a

Racketeer: She’s going to go through

Some things. Sounds like a thug. Bolton warns:

This is all going to blow up. Hill: And here we are. Back to Do

Us a favor: Lieutenant Colonel Alexander

Vindman corroborates anonymous

Whistleblower. Yes, Ukraine’s at war and needs our help.

X marks the graves, 14,000 dead soldiers. Ex-ambassador Marie

Yovanovitch (ten trips to front) receives ovation. President

Zelensky, hold on. Impeachment report in progress.



Dolores Hayden‘s third poetry collection, Exuberance (Red Hen Press, 2019) is a lyric sequence in the voices of daredevil pilots from the early years of aviation. A poet and urban historian, her work appears in Poetry, Yale Review, Raritan, Poetry Daily, and Best American Poetry.

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