A Pee (which last time I looked was a news service, not an arts patron) asked a bunch of Famous Poets to write poems for the inauguration. Some were no-brainer choices like Amiri Baraka and Alice Walker. Some couldn’t play, and some wouldn’t:
Andrei Codrescu, who was born in Romania and became a U.S. citizen in 1981, wasn’t one even to venture a try.
“I voted for Obama, but I grew up under Ceausescu,” Codrescu wrote of the former Romanian dictator. “The idea of writing poems for people in power gives me the creeps.”
Then we had the rebuttal to Robert Frost’s “the Gift Outright”.
All this hopey-changey culture is just too inspiring. Perhaps after a couple of years I can write a poem about Obama too.