Two months ago, Rosemary Catacalos published what ended up being the last poem she would send out into the world.
“Mr. President Takes Leave” was posted on poets.org in April. It’s the end of a life, but not his. It is a tribute to William Rashall Sinkin, the father of her ex-husband, Lanny Sinkin. In it, the narrator refers to reading Walt Whitman as he lay dying, a yellow dog nearby.