I Hope Like Heck

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I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin
I Hope Like Heck cover.jpg
The cover of I Hope Like Heck
Author Sarah Palin, Michael Solomon
Country United States
Language English
Genre Light poetry
Publisher Byliner
Publication date
June 21, 2011
Media type E-book
Pages 64
ISBN 978-1-61452-009-2

I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin is a 2011 anthology of 50 found poems in emails by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, edited by Michael Solomon. The 24,000 emails were released to the public on June 10, 2011; I Hope Like Heck was released 11 days later.[1]

Jacob Weisberg, editor of Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin, said of Solomon's book, "Not since Donald Rumsfeld's Pieces of Intelligence has an American politician arrived on the literary scene with such a stunningly unintentional poetic debut."[2]

I Hope Like Heck was published by Byliner as a 64-page e-book,[3] priced at US$1.99 for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and mobile devices running the operating systems Android or iOS.[2]


Solomon, an executive editor of Byliner, said he examined some of the released correspondence, and after some "literary sleuthing," he "discovered ... language that was clearly intended to be poetry."[4]

Solomon said that it took two days of reading the emails to create and compile the poems, some of which are titled, "The Truth About The Moose," "You Are All Amazing – Except Maybe for Bruce," and "Carpe Per Diem."[1] He turned various sentences from the trove of emails into verses, forming the humorous and sometimes absurd poems.[5]

The title for I Hope Like Heck originated from an email regarding the proposed Gravina Island Bridge, funding for which Palin hoped would be allocated by the Alaska State Legislature.[6] The poem reads: "When asked about the Gravina Bridge / I hope like heck / Lawmakers are smart enough / To chop that out / Of the state budget / So I don't have to."[2]

Calling Palin "Alaska's comedic bard," Solomon's introduction states: "Verse, like America, yearns to be free. Few 21st-century poets understand this better than Sarah Palin. Not since Walt Whitman first heard America singing has a writer captured the hopes and dreams of her people so effortlessly – and with so many gerunds."[4] Subjects of the poems include moose hunting, beauty contests, Alaska politics, and tanning beds.[2]


  1. ^ a b DiGiacomo, Frank; Griffith, Carson; Caparell, Adam (June 20, 2011). "Sarah Palin's a poet ... and she doesn't know it!". New York Daily News. NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jones, Anthony (June 21, 2011). "Sarah Palin e-mails become poetry book". All Headline News. AHN. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Solomon, Michael (June 20, 2011). "The Poems of Sarah Palin". The Daily Beast. The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company LLC. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Flood, Alison (June 22, 2011). "Writing poetry the Sarah Palin way". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Los poemas de Sarah Palin". El Mundo. Unidad Editorial Información General S.L.U. June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ Woodham, Scott (June 21, 2011). "Palin email dump yields found poems". Alaska Dispatch. Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 

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