The Candidate by Jennifer Lagier

He insists he will address
our country’s greatest threats:
feminist notions,
uncontrolled wombs,
bleeding vaginas.

Promises on his watch
appointment of Supreme Court justices
who are pro-fetus,
abstinence only,
Christian fundamentalist

Will preserve the sanctity
of single sex bathrooms.
Make America great by
deporting Latinos and Muslims.
Roll back Obamacare,
LBGT rights and protections.

Run government
like a reality show,
drama and trauma,
rigged survivalist scenarios,
most of us losers.

Jennifer Lagier has published ten books of poetry and in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. She taught with California Poets in the Schools and is a member of the Italian American Writers Association and Rockford Writers Guild. She co-edits the Homestead Review and maintains websites for Ping Pong Free Press, Henry Miller Library, The Monterey Poetry Review, and She also helps coordinate the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium’s Second Sunday Reading Series. Her 2016 forthcoming books are: Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press Helen Kay Chapbook Prize co-winner), and Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Visit her website at:


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