Inaugural Poems

A few days ago I put together a collection of links to inaugural poems.  I posted this on the PoetryInBaltimore.  But my post is hidden in a reply, so I will post them here as well.  In general, poems written to mark an event by an official poet leave me cold.  No matter how good the poet the insipiration can be lacking in made for order poetry.

Prior inauguration poems

Elizabeth Alexanders poem

Below are a number of poems written by established poets both academic and slam about or for Obama’s inauguration:

AP collection of inauguration poems

NPR’s collection of inaurguration poems

My favorites of these is Baltimore’s own Gayle Danley’s poem “Why Barak is ours”  and “The land was never ours” by Julia Alvarez.  (Her poem is the second under the AP collection.)

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