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Elizabeth Alexander is the inaugural poet and author of "Praise Song for the Day: A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration".
January 20, 2009 NailingEdit
- inaugural poet "Praise Song For The Day"
- read her poem at the inaugural, Stephen will ask how many of her poems can be read by cats
- poems are not true; they're made up
- poems should be emotionally true
- they should feel true
- mermaids are still singing to Dr. Colbert
- what's the difference between metaphors and a lie
- why not say what you mean, instead of dressing things up with flowery language
- Stephen has a mountain in his pants, not a metaphor
- they will analyze her poem line-by-line
- a "Praise Song" is an ode
- name something we rejoice in
- occasional poem: poem written for an occasion
- resonate for the event
- like the theme to "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"
- we don't need another hero ...
- marked by commonality of experience, not soaring rhetoric that gilds Obama
- economy about language
- Stephen's poem suggestion:
- Hickory dickory dock, we elected a guy named Barack
- She is descendant from Royalty, and I mean the White European Royalty, none of that African royalty or an Injun Princess
- Stephen Colbert and Elizabeth Alexander are distant cousins! (from their white ancestral side). Since she is a brainiac from Harvard she must have inherited her DNA from the French-German Lutheran side of the family.