To Russia, With Love: Single Malt Haikus

The Inner Musings of Steve Bannon


By James W. Gaynor


In fourth grade no one

Would sit next to me at lunch.

Not a lot has changed.


According to Vlad

Bloody Marys require

Fresh human plasma.


POTUS is nuts and

Armageddon is taking

More time than I thought.


Nobody knows whose

Payroll Ivanka is on.

But I think China.


There’s a reason you

Never see me in sunlight.

It’s not what you think.


Whiskey for breakfast?

It’s a grain serving.

Just ask Kellyanne.


CIA confirms:

Melania is a plant.

But not the spy kind.


Neither of the girls

Voted Republican.

We’re not telling him.


Nobody knows who’s

Paying Eric and Junior.

But I think China.


Henry Kissinger

Shared some advice. But l know

Who he’s working for.


The tapes from Moscow

In return for the Ukraine.

Seems like a win-win.


I think of myself

As a neo-Leninist.

Whatever that means.


Ratings are nothing

A good terrorist attack

Or small war can’t fix.


© James W. Gaynor

Everything Becomes a Poem  available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Hear James being interviewed about the book here.


James W. Gaynor is a poet, artist, editor, and writer. A graduate of Kenyon College, he lived in Paris, where he taught a course on Emily Dickinson at the University of Paris, studied the development of the psychological novel in
17th -century France, and worked as a translator.

After returning to New York, Gaynor worked as an editor at Grosset & Dunlap, Cuisine magazine, Scriptwriter News and Forbes Publications, where he was on the editorial staff of the Social Register. His articles, book reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Observer, and he recently retired as the Global Verbal Identity Leader for Ernst & Young LLP.

A silver medalist in the 1994 Gay Games (Racewalking), Gaynor’s found-object sculpture has been exhibited internationally. He is a member of the Advisory Board of New York’s The Creative Center at University Settlement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer and chronic illnesses.

An avid urbanite, Gaynor lives in New York City.


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