Angus Trumble’s 1986 In Haiku


“Nancy Reagan stepped
Up her useful ‘Just Say No’
Campaign against drugs....”

A poetic, and characteristically amusing, new twist on a regular series by our resident chronologer.

Angus Trumble is Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Formerly the Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, Trumble has written several books, including A Brief History of the Smile (Basic Books, 2004), and The Finger: A Handbook (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2010).