Dec 17, 2008

Workingman's Poet for Obama?

Presidents often invite a poet to speak at their inauguration. John Lundberg at the Huffington Post reports that there is a "growing expectation in the poetry community that Obama will follow in the tradition of Kennedy, Carter and Clinton and invite a poet to read at next month's inauguration."

Lundberg suggests Phillip Levine, a poet who often writes about the working people, might be an appropriate choice. Lundberg writes:

Levine might be the most poignant choice, given the country's current economic
struggles. Raised in a blue collar family in Detroit, Levine writes poetry that
champions the working man.

Do you have a favorite poet who writes about work and workers? Who would you like to see Obama choose to read a poem at his inauguration?

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