About the Inaugural Poem

Obama’s Presidency may be the dawning of a new age, but the art of poetry may never recover.

The poem “Praise Song for the Day,” written and recited by Elizabeth Alexander at President Obama’s inauguration on January 20, 2009, is posted at The New York Times (I linked to it because I certainly don’t want it here.)

The oath of office wasn’t the only thing that suffered at the ceremony. This is a watery thin, disjointed anachronism. Why couldn’t the most eloquent politician of the age have chosen a poet to write his inaugural poem?

John Kennedy had Robert Frost. Barack Obama had somebody else.


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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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