Hail to the Chief

Tanyo Ravicz
Denali Press (2015)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (02/16)

“Hail to the Chief” by Tanyo Ravicz, states that it is either “an inauguration poem or a lament for what might have been.” We really will not know until November 2016. However, I enjoyed reading every creatively written word of this poem about the Clintons. Beginning with Bill’s childhood, proceeding through the scandals involved with his presidency, and finally concluding with Hillary’s ascent into presidency, no stone is left uncovered.

Covering a space of 60 pages, the author carefully words his poetry so that each word has meaning and nothing is wasted. I laughed aloud at loud at his irreverence. I do not feel it is wrong to enjoy the Clinton’s story because they created it. Bill took full advantage of his position (pun intended) and the media got a hold of it. In spite of the negativity, they continue to remain together and choose be in the spotlight.

I am not typically drawn to political poetry, however, I was really curious how the author would pull this off, and I have to admit that I was extremely impressed with his gift with words. I would highly recommend that “Hail to the Chief,” be required reading in college History classes, however, sensitive democrats might find themselves highly offended, even if the author did extensive research while creating his masterpiece. As for me, I have many people to recommend “Hail to the Chief” by Tanyo Ravicz to. In all fairness, and to achieve balance, I would love to see what he would do with a story about Trump!

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