Greg Santos

Presidential Address

The president was on TV
and told us all to act normal.
Nothing’s going on.

See, my wife said,
I like the president.
He’s not freaking out
like the rest of us.

I turned to my wife.
That man is not
the president,
I said, knowingly.

Greg Santos is the author of The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books, 2010). He is the poetry editor of pax americana and is on the editorial board of the Paris-based journal, Upstairs at Duroc. See his blog at

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