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Seely ’74 Spotlights Poetry of Government Officials

Hart Seely '74 of the Syracuse Post Standard has recent had a new book published: “Pieces Of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld,” compiled by Hart Seely.

Seely has taken comments made at press briefings and in interviews by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and written them in the form of Zen verse, haiku, sonnets, lyric poetry, and free verse, including two thematic collections: Rumsfeld's Songs of Myself, and Nine Poems on the Media. The contents is comprised of War is Peace: The Zen Master Poet; Three Haiku; East is East and West is West, but in Private Conversations, They're Really Behind Us: Twelve Sonnets; A Rose is a Rose, Unless the President Says Otherwise: Lyrical Poems; Nine Poems on the Media; Because I Could Not Stop for Death, He Kindly Stopped for Saddam: Free Verse; and Songs of Myself. The introduction and an excerpt of the book are available here.

Along the same lines, Seely had an editorial in the June 9 New York Times titled “Ari Fleischer, Poet”. In it he wrote, “When Ari Fleischer leaves his job as President Bush's press secretary this summer, what will we remember about his tenure? His ability to stay on message? His calm demeanor? Or his poetry? In his nearly three years at the White House, Mr. Fleischer has produced volumes of verse, much of it in collaboration with Helen Thomas, the United Press International correspondent.” He then quoted from press conference conversations with Thomas.

Seely is an award-winning reporter. His humor and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, National Lampoon, and on National Public Radio. He is coauthor (with Frank Cammuso) of “2007-Eleven: And Other American Comedies” (Villard, 2000), a collection of short humor, and coeditor (with Tom Peyer) of “O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto” (Ecco Press, 1993).