By the Thumbings of a Prick – The Tweets of Donald Trump as Shakespearean Sonnets

By the Thumbings of a Prick
172 Pages
ISBN 978-0998281919

Shakespeare said that "brevity is the soul of wit." On Twitter, Donald Trump has routinely disproven The Bard's theory. Trump's Tweets have been an object of ridicule and horrid fascination for the duration of his presidency. But, in their own way, there exists within them a bit of poetry. There is something, shall we say, Shakespearean about his particular brand of macabre humor, bumbling sarcasm, and witless bloviation all within the succinct limit of 280 characters. To reveal this innate artistry would take the talents of Shakespeare himself.

As good luck would have it, we have AJ Smith. In By The Thumbings of a Prick, Smith rewrites 154 of Donald Trump's most inane Tweets as Shakespearean Sonnets--in complete iambic pentameter and full of Shakespearean wordplay and allusions. The perfect "covfefe" table book (or perhaps placed upon thy chamber pot), this collection of "Donnets" turns foul to fair, and serves as a reminder that all that Twitters is not gold.

AJ Smith

About AJ Smith (North Jersey Author)

AJ Smith

AJ Smith grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2010 with a degree in English Secondary Education. He currently works as a Freshmen English teacher at Hillsborough High School. He lives in Somerville, New Jersey with his wife, Millie, and his dog, Lebowski.

Smith published his first novel, Growth, in August of 2017. As a writer, Smith focuses primarily on writing as a craft. He believes that while an exciting story can certainly captivate a reader, ultimately the job of an author is to embrace the beauty of language and remind readers of the power words can have. Growth has been praised as "cerebral and incredibly well written" and Smith's writing touted as a "unique deconstruction of language" (Heradas Review).

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