Friday, December 26, 2008

Elizabeth Alexander is ready for her close-up, Mr. Obama...

January 20, 2009 will be an exciting and historic day, not just for politics, but for poetry, too.
"[T]here is little doubt, given the intense global interest in President-elect Barack Obama, that Ms. Alexander’s verse will be broadcast to more people at one time than any poem ever composed. This may not be American poetry’s Academy Award moment. But it is, for Ms. Alexander, an outsize platform" (New York Times, Dec. 24, 2008).

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