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Inauguration Poem

Richard Blanco: The High, Low and... the Middlebrow!

Khanh Ho | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Khanh Ho

Everybody turns their nose at an inaugural poem. Everybody makes sure to come back for Beyonce... and this lead me to wondering if there was a place for the middlebrow. If so, what is the middlebrow? Let me explain.

Contribute to the Unofficial Inaugural Poem

John Lundberg | Posted 03.22.2013 | Arts
John Lundberg

Organizers have asked us (!) to harness our most patriotic and poetic instincts (!) with the hashtag #prezpoem. At times, we might come off as a little too earnest, and we might go a little crazy with our adjectives, and we might not even take the time to spell "thru" correctly, but don't judge us.

A Closer Look At The Inaugural Poem

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

I hope that, like me, you enjoyed Elizabeth Alexander's reading of her poem "Praise Song for the Day." I've gone back to read it again since the inau...

Reflections on "The Poem"

Ben Rosen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ben Rosen

Let's compare Elizabeth Alexander's poem with one written for an earlier president. I dug up the 77-line poem, "Dedication", that Robert Frost wrote for JFK's 1961 inauguration.