I Like Americans

Original Text: 
Ernest Hemingway, Complete Poems, ed. Nicholas Gerogiannis, rev. edn. (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1992): 65. PS 3515 E37A17 1992 Robarts Library.
By A Foreigner
1I like Americans.
2They are so unlike Canadians.
3They do not take their policemen seriously.
5Not to criticize.
6They claim they won the war.
7But they know at heart that they didn't.
8They have such respect for Englishmen.
9They like to live abroad.
10They do not brag about how they take baths.
11But they take them.
12Their teeth are so good.
14I wish they didn't brag about it.
15They have the second best navy in the world.
16But they never mention it.
18But they will not elect him.
21Their men have such funny hair cuts.
23They have been there once.
25And Jiggs.
26They do not hang lady murderers.
27They put them in vaudeville.
28They read the Saturday Evening Post
29And believe in Santa Claus.
30When they make money
31They make a lot of money.
32They are fine people.


4] "Québec rejected [prohibition] as early as 1919 and became known as the `sinkhole' of N America, but tourists flocked to 'historic old Québec' and the provincial government reaped huge profits from the sale of booze" (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2nd edn. [Edmonton: Hurtig, 1988]: 1765). Back to Line
13] B.V.D.'s: trademark for underwear. Back to Line
17] Henry Ford (1863-1947): manufacturer of automobiles. Back to Line
19] Bill Bryan: William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American lawyer and politician who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. President. Back to Line
20] Billy Sunday: William Ashley Sunday (1862-1935), American evangelist. Back to Line
22] suck in: trick, deceive. Back to Line
24] Barney Google, Mutt and Jeff. / And Jiggs: all are newspaper comic strip characters, the first begin in 1919, the second two from 1910, and last in one named "Bringing Up Father." Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Toronto Star Weekly
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.