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Monday, January 12, 2009

For Obama's poet, poetry 'is the human voice'

image I am not sure who “W” had read a poem at his inauguration considering Dr. Suess has been dead for years, but here is an article on about Elizabeth Alexander, the poet who will be reading a special poem written for the event after President Obama makes his speech. 

“I think that the fact that President-elect Obama has decided to have a poem in this ceremony is a wonderful affirmation to the power of language, the way in which poetry gives us distilled and mindful and careful language that can both give us a moment of pause, a moment of contemplation and that can also ... look at the world from a slightly different angle.”

It is good to see that poetry still has a place in American culture and is welcomed to document history and be a part of such a great event.  Poets such as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou have read at previous presidential inaugurations.  Congratulations to Ms. Alexander for joining such a group of talented and amazing writers.

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