Tuesday, January 22, 2013

News at Eleven: One expects the reviews of Obama's speech

will be as varied as the political opinions of those who heard it. To this ear, it often drifted into territory that might have been more appropriate to the State of a Union address he has to deliver next month. But Blanco's poem was a reminder of why so many presidents have resisted the idea of having an inaugural poem--the fear that the professional wordsmith's lines will somehow outshine the politician's.

The full text of "One Today," as provided by the inaugural committee:

from The Los Angeles Times: Inauguration 2013: Richard Blanco's poem captures nation's hope, unease
then The New Yorker: Poetry for Presidents
then The Smithsonian: Poetry Matters: Lessons From America's First Inaugural Poet


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