ADAM DAY is the author of the collection of poetry, Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Poetry London Magazine, Cordite, Kenyon Review, Ambit, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Adam also directs the Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden, Scotland, and Blackacre Nature Preserve.

The poems below are in the voice of the current president of the United States.


Holidays in the Sun

Nobody mentions
my sensitive side. Media
doesn’t cover it. I am loved,
devoted. If I added it up,
I think that might be
my highest and best use.



Lean Intricacy

The White House –
the whole thing
is ridiculous:
it’s like being
inside a bird;
where do you
live when
you’re sick?




The uproar over acknowledging
Jerusalem as the capital
of Israel is just totally
overblown, considering
that my administration
has promised to continue
to recognize and preserve
the Palestinians’ historic
refugee camps. Like, you
wouldn’t hear this kind
of outrage over recognition
of trans types as, you know,



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