To Those Who Have Come Here from Third-World Shitholes

The world is filled with shithole spots
Like cities strewn with vacant lots.
Most of the tropics, if you please,
Are rife with fever and disease—
Other places reek with stench
Enough to make a buzzard blench;
Some are subject to monsoons
Or populated by buffoons;
Or ruled by brain-dead bureaucrats
As thick as fleas on feral cats.
That’s why those in the shithole sphere
Are all intent on coming here.
They’ve left home to skip the shit
And suck upon the U.S. tit.
So if you don’t like Donald Trump
Go move back to your Third-World dump,
And take the Democratic scum
Who opened the doors to let you come.





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Joseph S. Salemi has published poems, translations, and scholarly articles in over one hundred journals throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. His four collections of poetry are Formal Complaints and Nonsense Couplets, issued by Somers Rocks Press, Masquerade from Pivot Press, and The Lilacs on Good Friday from The New Formalist Press. He has translated poems from a wide range of Greek and Roman authors, including Catullus, Martial, Juvenal, Horace, Propertius, Ausonius, Theognis, and Philodemus. In addition, he has published extensive translations, with scholarly commentary and annotations, from Renaissance texts such as the Faunus poems of Pietro Bembo, The Facetiae of Poggio Bracciolini, and the Latin verse of Castiglione. He is a recipient of a Herbert Musurillo Scholarship, a Lane Cooper Fellowship, an N.E.H. Fellowship, and the 1993 Classical and Modern Literature Award. He is also a four-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Prize.