Transcript of Lincoln Inspires Poem for 16th President

BY Margaret Myers  February 12, 2009 at 5:54 PM EDT

Poet and journalist Cynthia Zarin often writes poems inspired by news articles. In 1989, she came across a story about a handwritten transcript found in a shoebox. It recorded a case in which then-lawyer Abraham Lincoln successfully defended a man on trial for murder. The article inspired her to write “Of Lincoln.”

Read the full transcript here.