This collection of poetry is delightfully cathartic. Caesar takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to serious issues involving the 45th President of the United States that allow the reader to find humor in an otherwise depressing topic. Some poems are playfully tempoed after familiar tunes (“You’re a Genius, Mr. Trump!” to the tune of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”) and childhood literature adding a refreshing touch of whimsy to the collection, (“Where the Dem Things Are” to the tempo of “Where the Wild Things Are”). While the nation seems to consistently erupt in chaos, Flatman is a humorous accompaniment to the headlines that would be hilarious satire, if only they were actually “fake news” instead of legitimate stories of true events. Other poems, such as “Children Draw Themselves” highlight the inexcusable acts executed under the current administration. Flatman is a psychological and emotional look into the trainwreck that is our president. I would recommend this collection to anyone who has just had enough with the nonsense coming from Washington D.C. and needs a good laugh to keep from crying.
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