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Testaments: Gerald Ford

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.

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Gerald Ford

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.

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