Inaugural Poet

“Say it plain: that many have died for this day”

alexanderIf you watched the inauguration ceremonies yesterday, you saw Elizabeth Alexander, the fourth poet to read at an inauguration. Robert Frost was the first, as President Kennedy’s inauguration, and Maya Angelou and Miller Williams each read at President Clinton’s inaugurations. President Obama knew Alexander from being on the staff together at the University of Chicago. For more about Ms. Alexander, see http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/245 , and to read the inaugural poem, “Praise Song for the Day, ” go to http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20text-poem.html?ref=books or http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20545

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