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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

“What if the mightiest word is love?”

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Printing Obama

Rado poses with his blue totem pole

Rado poses with his blue totem pole

Back a couple of weekends ago, Rado and I went to the Handmade Arcade, this year held at the Armory in Shadyside. That in and of itself was a bit disconcerting because it’s a giant hangar for the National Guard with humvees and military vehicles sitting around and then all these people selling handmade stuff whose politics probably more often veer towards hippies than citizen soldiers. Nevertheless, it was a huge space and seemed to be a huge success in terms of turnout. While we were there, we stopped by the AIR (Artist Image Resource) table, where they were letting people do screen prints. I made a giant copy of the Post Gazette from when Obama won the election and Rado made a little totem pole dude. Awesome!

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