Abraham Lincoln, in 1824, Tries on Women’s Clothing and No One Bats a Lash

Wikipedia Poem, No. 616

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“If all this be not rebellion, I know not what to call it. I certainly regard it as sufficient legal cause for suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.” William W. Morris

gray to wear lipstick his mouth
he ate breakfast before lincoln wanted
to like to wear lipstick his mother wore
lincoln wanted to wish away war lincoln
wanted to like his mother school her
wear her caring peach lincoln wanted his mouth
to mother his mouth he watched her
thin serious mouth he wondered what
i could do for him and why she did
most mornings air on most mornings while
budget-bonded why she did it efficient
elegant wary to wear lipstick that
i could why all night she wears lipstick
his mouth he wondered while tightening the draw
strings of his small leather sack why
she did it freshly applied
she did it as commentary

Wikipedia Poem, No. 270

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“Only should we / wander a bit and then return without expectations, does some faint impulse twitch at its / base before expiring,” Ashbery

 

the master-general’s war campaign
for months has treated minor advisers
and top patrons as a scrap or threat

from this pathetic platoon
lorried deep into a methane
swamp the master-general insists

on criticizing the march
and truck-drivers who abide
he also belittles the moon

perhaps he has no regrets
about his attacks maybe they
at crossroads rebuke him unfairly

but the master-general drives
home and hearth to entertain
perhaps his careening mirth

obstinacy and mortal abandon
may trigger drastic alliances
with the sunrise of anonymity

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Source:

List of American Monarchs

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