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Swiss Kriss for President

Swiss Kriss for President
Eisenhower photograph (1956), National Archives and Records Administration, from Wikimedia Commons. Armstrong photograph by William P. Gotlieb (1946), public domain, from Wikimedia Commons. Photo montage by William Shunn.

This is one of a series of poems exploring the life and work of jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong consumed and was fixated by the laxative Swiss Kriss for the last two decades of his life

An unpaid pitchman, I even sent Kriss

to Eisenhower. “Do it the Satchmo

way and you’ll feel 10 years old.”

Eisenhower wrote back: “As President

I’m not supposed to feel like I’m ten

years old.”  

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