Thursday, January 22, 2009

About that Poem...

Poet-playwright-professor Elizabeth Alexander read Praise Song for the Day after President Obama was sworn into office. A few highlights:

We encounter each other in words, words spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed; words to consider, reconsider.


What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.


In today's sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.

Was Ms. Alexander's praise-song too prosy? Or was the prose pitch-perfect? What say you?

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