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Inaugural poem | Inaugural poem

kathryn-stripling-byer's picture
Jan.23.2009
This will be my last blog post on Red Room. My exchange with my friend Marilyn Kallet about the Inaugural poem shows me the risk of this kind of blogging, when emotions run high over a situation, event, or work. I don't regret my original post. I was expressing my disappointment, but the...
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Jan.20.2009
The magazines have copied Elizabeth Alexander's poem today as prose.   We'll have to wait for her new book to come out from Graywolf Press, to see how the form actually shapes itself.   But here's my stab at lines and verses, the phrasing as they sound to my ear.   What's your opinion?       ...
kathryn-stripling-byer's picture
Jan.20.2009
What a powerful Inaugural speech, so beautifully delivered! What a disappointing Inaugural poem, so poorly delivered! People began walking away in the middle of it. I don't blame them. American Poetry doesn't need to have such a bland performance as this. Think of the poets Obama could have...