Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Odes to Obama?

10 American poets accepted the Associated Press's invitation to come up with a little something to mark Barack Obama's ascension to the presidency.

According to the article, poems were solicited from an "eclectic assortment of American wordsmiths, ranging from a former poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner to a self-described cowboy poet." The list included: Billy Collins, Gary Soto, Julia Alvarez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Alice Walker, Nathaniel Mackey, Sandra Cisneros, Charles Simic, Andrei Codrescu, Christopher Funkhouser, Bob Holman, Ted Newman, Amiri Baraka, and Elizabeth Alexander (who declined the offer because she was going to be reciting an original poem at the inauguration, anyway). Apparently not everybody came up with something. But I'm dying to see what did come from this.


I'll be posting my own "Disinauguration" poem later this week. A kind of kick-in-the-butt ode to the departing soon-to-be ex-prez. Stay tuned!

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