The Last Word in Roman Polanski Commentary

Calvin Trillin: 'He only raped one little girl'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 1:38 PM CDT
Directors Roman Polanski and Ken Loach arrive for the screening of the film "Chacun Son Cinema" ("To Each His Own Cinema"), at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, France, May 20, 2007.    (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – The debate raging over Roman Polanski—hairsplitting over the definitions of guilt, genius, and rape, among other pertinent terms—has been missing one thing: verse. Veteran journalist and author Calvin Trillin dons his poet hat to take up the slack, devastatingly. His latest contribution to the Nation's "Deadline Poet" feature lays out the plight of the fugitive director in elegant rhyming couplets: "He'll miss the movers and the shakers. / He'll never get to see the Lakers."

"How can these people get so riled?" Trillin wonders. " He only raped a single child. "