Brian Spears

Poet, Editor, Teacher, Blogger.

New Piece up at The Rumpus

I’ve had my ass handed to me so many times when I write about poetry that I’m a little gun-shy, but for some unknown reason, I’ve written a piece about Elizabeth Alexander’s “Praise Song for the Day” over at The Rumpus. Here’s a taste.

As a poet, I appreciate the gesture made toward the arts when the President-elect asks a poet to present a work at his or her inauguration. I’m as big a dork for it as there is—it’s rare that the art form I’ve chosen to work almost exclusively in gets that kind of exposure.

But I’m starting to think that it’s just not working, that maybe the limited history of the Inaugural Poem is enough to tell us to quit while we’re… well, if not ahead, at least not too far behind. Read the rest

Crossposted at Incertus

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January 21, 2009 - Posted by | Elizabeth Andrews, Praise Song for the Day, The Rumpus

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