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For two very different examples, check out “I Want A Dyke For President” by poet and activist Zoe Leonard and “Wave” by poet David Keplinger. Leonard’s poem portrays a radically different view of the presidency than is considered by most people, whereas Keplinger’s poem portrays a very specific moment in President Abraham Lincoln’s life. These poems should show you the wide variety of ways you can interpret this prompt. 

You can approach this poem from an angle of history, protest, praise, or hope. You could imagine what it might be like to be a certain president in either an iconic or intimate, imagined moment. You could write about what a certain presidency means to you, whether it has enriched or harmed your life. You could even imagine yourself as president and write about that. The possibilities are endless! 

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