31 December 2018

What About Obama's Inauguration Poet?

'Others have made suggestions, including Rita Dove and Lucille Clifton. I like Clifton a lot. But my brainstorm for inaugural poet is Chicago-native Patricia Smith, slam poet champion and therefore likely to give a dynamic reading. Sometimes she performs with a band, too. But here is a video of a quiet but good poem called "When the Burning Begins."'

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