Obama's inauguration poem
We interrupt our coverage of Poe's 200th anniversary to note the extraordinary inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States -- and Elizabeth Alexander's poetry.
Alexander had the toughest time slot of the morning. She had to follow Obama's inspirational speech with her ode to the inauguration. Tough to hold onto an audience that had waited hours in the cold.
But her words were equally inspiring, invoking images worthy of a Rockwell painting. I particularly liked this portion: "Praise song for struggle; praise song for the day. Praise song for every hand-lettered sign; The figuring it out at kitchen tables."
You can read the full transcript here.
Photo by the Associated Press