Sept/Oct 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 5 PoetrySeptember 1, 2015 |

The President Took No Questions

after another unarmed black boy was shot after five speeches the war in Iraq isn't going badly five years after the election Bush smiled at the cadets for years it seemed a man like that could say anything doesn't it repeat itself silence took no questions reporters repeat will you accept censure from Congress to Bill to Barack to Dick California quaked enough to break open wine country's reserve barrels to break news the day of Browns funeral I watched new faces on TV on silent from the Elliptical which faces west in a town where Condoleezza teaches west of everything else I realize is one way everyone of everywhere can describe a place when everywhere hurts in the pathetic fallacy of Watch From Afar hurts heads to really feel for Foley in orange allegedly beheaded because of air strikes in Iraq which we're back in because

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Corey Van Landingham
Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote. A recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, she is currently a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review.

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