Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Praise. Song. For. The. Day.


This is what passed for poetry yesterday at the inauguration from Yale Professor Elizabeth Alexander. Hilarious:

"...picked the cotton and the lettuce?" Really? Not only does the poem demonstrate a startling ignorance of even the most fundamental elements of poesy, (I'm sure most children are born with a better poetic ear than this woman.) but her manner of reading it brought nothing to mind except the computerized recitation of "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" from grade school typing classes, complete with all the awkward pauses of a voice entirely devoid of all human sense of ordinary empathetic elocution, let alone poetic declamation.
As if Obama wasn't enough, this woman was an embarassment to the entire nation yesterday, especially when it is remembered that the first poet to read at an American Presidental Inauguration wrote this:
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
so dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
...and this:
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
It was pretty good for a laugh though...

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