There’s been a lot of chatter back and forth about Elizabeth Alexander’s inaugural poem. Can’t think of a harder job than to write for a non-poetry, global audience. But I love that she’s receiving all of this much-deserved attention.
In re-reading “Praise Song,” I found myself engaged again in the last stanza, which is the acknowledgement of new beginnings and that there is something more, possibly better, in our futures. The poem really is a lovely ode to possibility.
Whether you liked the poem or not, it is now part of our culture, on its way to being mythic. Fascinating.
Question: When you’re reading a poem or a story in front of a group, do you say “thank you” at the end of your performance to signal the end, or do you, like Elizabeth Alexander, say nothing and wait for the crowd to respond? (I don’t like awkward silences, so I say thank you, usually.)
And now for something completely different: Are you a fan of the poetic form Cinquain? If so, check out Cinquain.org and try your hand at writing this five-line poem.
I confess, there was too much going on to post confessions this week. I'll be back next Tuesday with a new roundup for Confession Tuesday.