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August 23, 2008

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Here's a short history quiz - who is the only President other than Jimmy Carter to publish a book of poetry?

Answer - James Garfield.

(I wonder how much of the Senate budget is set aside for Sudafed?)

Laura, I didn't know about Garfield's poetic penchant. Maybe that's why someone assassinated him.
Lincoln wrote poems, though not a whole book of them, and Theodore Roosevelt liked Edwin Arlington Robinson's stuff so much that he got the fellow a decent day job.
Quiz for quiz: Warren Harding is the star of a short (16-line) poem by one of our most celebrated American poets. Name poet and title of poem.

You've got me stumped. I even cheated and Googled it, and came up with nothing.

Answer, please!

Hi, LO. Ashbery's poem "Qualm" begins "Warren G. Harding invented the word 'normalcy' / And the lesser-known 'bloviate,' meaning, one imagines, / To spout, to spew aimless verbiage." The poem ends "Poor Warren."

"Poor Warren" indeed - he doesn't even get to be the worst ever President anymore. On the other hand, how many people have a John Ashbery poem written about them?

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