Typewriter Rodeo: Third Party Candidates

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By David Fruchter September 23, 2016 10:15 am,

Many voters are asking each other, Republican or Democrat? Clinton or Trump? But they aren’t the only options, no matter what the talking heads say. This year, more people are considering the often-overlooked third party candidates and asking themselves, is this the election where I break the cycle?

Third Party Candidates

it’s a little like saying

“sure, there’s a sun in the sky
and yes, there’s a moon
but hey –
what about jupiter?”

or being forced to choose
between creamy and chunky
when it should be obvious
to any thinking person

that almond butter is so much better for you

hot dogs or hamburgers?
why not a nice piece
of grilled salmon?

what do you mean,
only two genders?

chocolate or vanilla?

black or white?

left or right?

there are other dimensions, you know

because two unfortunate choices
just aren’t enough

for america

we need more
even if they’re all terrible

(and they are)


Audio prepared by Laura Rice.