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Testaments: Ronald Reagan

This week, John Peeler presents "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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Ronald Reagan

A lightweight actor was my role:
I voiced what many felt, and with a smile.
When Congress told me not to help
the Freedom Fighters any more,
I did it anyway.
They couldn’t make me stop.
A deal with Iran? I don’t recall.
Was it the one with hostages,
or the one with guns?

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