by Art Shay
An extended sonnet to the US senatewhores leading our descent.
(Swans - April 5, 2010)
Sing a song of sex pants,
Our country is awry.
Multitudes of senatewhores
Unite to make us cry.
The one, for one, from Baton Rouge
Should be exiled on a luge.
For sixty days of ransom and sixty nights
He's held a general's promotion in his sights.
The reason stinks of hog and other acres farmy.
He merely wants three free locks built by the Army:
A method known to any N'Orleans ho
Demanding her sidewalk quid pro quo.
But the senatewhore's act of tribulation
Means he screws our entire nation
And cheered by GOP hosannas
We become a Republic of Bananas.
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Art Shay is the author-photographer of more than fifty books, the former staff Washington correspondent for Time-Life and Life Bureau Chief in San Francisco. Shay has had 25,000 published pictures including 1,050 covers of magazines, books, and annual reports for such clients as Ford, 3M, National Can, Motorola and ABC-TV. His pictures hang in the National Portrait Gallery (Heffner, Durocher, Robert Crumb) in the Chicago Art Institute. His work is currently exhibited at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (through June 29, 2008) following an exhibition at the Gallerie Albert Loeb in Paris, France. The April 2008 issue of North Shore magazine (Chicago) says that "his pictures have the psychology of Dostoevsky, the realism of Hemingway, and the metaphor of Melville... He's in the Pantheon of great photographers such as Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Strand, and Stieglitz." The Daily Herald (Chicago suburban) of May 5, 2008, called him "the pre-eminent photojournalist of the 20th century..." (back)