The love song of East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser

An ongoing discrimination lawsuit against the politician reveals bad poetry he wrote to his former employee

By Prachi Gupta

Published May 5, 2013 9:08PM (EDT)

    (Yu Lan/Shutterstock)
(Yu Lan/Shutterstock)

Robert Bowser, mayor of East Orange, New Jersey, is currently entangled in a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit brought on by his former research assistant, Corletta Hicks. But as his 16-year political career hangs in the balance, the Star-Ledger points out that he may soon have a new one -- as a poet.

A 200-page deposition recently uncovered some hilariously, absurdly bad love sonnets that the 77-year-old wrote to Hicks, which the Star-Ledger has generously quoted for your enjoyment:

From the Star-Ledger:

“Good morning flower,” Bowser writes in one missive. “Hope your day brings new hope, new meaning to those things so close to our hearts. Folks at Planning Board said hello.”

Later, he muses, “Love is in the air. Breathe it in deeply for distribution throughout the body and soul. Enjoy the day. Be in by 10 or 10:15.”

Bowser, who compared Hicks to "a beautiful fish he hoped to hook" said “I thought I was being poetic."

“I was feeling romantic," he said.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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