Friday, December 19, 2008

Well she's no Rick Warren, but still...

So I've just heard that poet Elizabeth Alexander has been commissioned to read a poem composed especially for the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama.

Over at The New Yorker, George Packer questions the necessity of poetry at inaugurations in general, and the choice of Alexander in particular. He may be right about her work -- I have to admit I'm not qualified to render an opinion -- but he's wrong about one thing: I could have told you that Miller Williams read at Clinton's second inaugural.

My choice would have been Albert Goldbarth, maximalist extraordinaire (now wouldn't that have been something?) though come to think of it the Secret Service would likely have confiscated his ray-gun.

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