This week, John Peeler will present “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.
Spiro’s disgrace was my new place.
I never dreamed that I would hold
that chair made void by Watergate.
Nixon left me the war:
get out and take the blame.
And then the final shame:
to be crushed by that publicly
pious Baptist peanut farmer.