Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Are you kidding me? That inaugural poem stunk!

Talk about a dud...Elizabeth Alexander's poem "Praise Song for the Day" simply didn't soar...it made me snore!

The Yale professor and author of five books on poetry didn't even come close to the talent of other poets in inauguration ceremonies, like Robert Frost (JFK's swearing in) or Maya Angelou (Clinton's swearing in).

I'm no expert on poetry, but it sure sounded like prose, and did not have the flow of a good poem.

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1 comment:

Kym said...

Some parts did seem to sing

"Say it plain, that many have died for this day. Sing the names of the dead who brought us here, who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges, picked the cotton and the lettuce, built brick by brick the glittering edifices they would then keep clean and work inside of."

but then, for me, the energy petered out and the images didn't lock together.