The speeches and outbursts of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump have been turned into what publisher HarperCollins has called a "treasure of spoken poetry". Thirty years of the reality TV tycoon's tweets, interviews and utterances have been compiled and transformed into a new book of verse called "Bard of the Deal: The Poetry of Donald Trump".
The book of nearly 200 poems has been compiled by author Hart Seely and will go on sale on 15 December. The pieces of verse include Trump's musings on women, Muslims, Mexicans and his hair.
One verse, called "The Vicious Ones", takes Trump's comments during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on August 9. The seven-line poem tells of the verbal abuse Trump said he suffered by women who he had made disparaging remarks about in terms of their looks.
I was attacked viciously
By those women,
Of course, it's very hard for them
To attack me on looks,
Because I'm so good looking.
But I was attacked very viciously
By those women.
Seely combed through hundreds of transcripts of Trump dialogue over a six-week period to compile the book. In an interview with Syracuse.com, Seely said of Trump: "He just stands up there and says whatever comes into his head. Nobody in politics does that."
He added: "He's clearly a brilliant man. He goes to all of these speeches and talks about how smart he is, though. Nine out of 10 people who come up to you to tell you how smart they are, they're idiots. He has such a blind side in his ego that if he were president he'd get eaten alive."
One poem focuses on why Trump doesn't like black accountants (because "laziness is a trait in blacks") while another covers his hatred of Oreos but love of Nabisco. The following piece of Trump verse is entitled "Freedom Tower":
Worst pile of crap
I've ever seen.
The terrorists win.
It's that bad.
Another poem, entitled "Criticizing", is taken from Trump's 2004 book "Trump: Think like a Billionaire".
It's best to avoid criticizing anyone.
Compliments work better,
And sometimes silence is
The best form of criticism available.
I've known people who have said
Bad things to and about me
Who cannot take criticism themselves.
Most people are one-way streets.
And it's better not to spend your time
Dodging head-on traffic.
If you stay silent, people will eventually
Make fools of themselves without your help.
This is not the first time Seely has taken a politician's musings and turned it into poetry. He is also the author of "Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld".
HarperCollins says of his Trump book: "Until now Trump's poetry – delivered spontaneously in moments of enduring clarity – has gone unnoticed, (making it the only aspect of Trump to be that way.) On a regular basis, The Donald speaks, tweets and hollers his verses - always without the needless restrictions of political correctness and grammar... because among world class poets, there don't be no grammar, there only be truth... big time!"