some beaux pres(id)ents



Ronald Wilson Reagan



wondering & so a world was

riding on & on down a road


we did, we are doing, we will do

& so

no one original is allowed

in a world


will we read or else will we

wonder less & less




















Ronald Reagan

An erasure/decay poem composed from words in Reagan’s Shaping The World For 100 Years To Come time capsule letter, buried 1 September 1976.

See: Skinner, Keiran, K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson eds. (2001). Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America, Free Press, New York





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