Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Jackson

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Jackson

Article excerpt

Repugnant, but you liked him.

If you didn't, he'd kill you.

Polk

Thoreau compared him to an ant.

When the Alamo fell

he devoured salty enchiladas

and crossed Santa Ana

out with a pencil.

Harding

Not bad to fade out

like a soft pink stone.

Though now there's talk

of murder.

Grant

Imagine the War

without those migraines.

Imagine him period.

Pierce

Poe wore his coat inside-out

when he approached

this one for a job.

Eisenhower

We liked Ike.

Didn't we?

Jefferson

He sold his beloved books

to remain slightly solvent.

Then out went

Mondcello as well.

Once Poe imagined him

in a library

swatting back a raven.

Nixon

They wanted to chop him

into pieces and feed them

to maldive sharks.

Sounds harsh.

How would you like

to escort your girlfriend

on dates with other guys? …

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