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Maya Angelou: “America’s Poet”

Yesterday morning brought the news that Maya Angelou had died at age 86. ┬áThe news coverage was befitting this American icon—long segments on virtually every national and local newscast, front page New York Times, plus a full page and half … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Alexander: Praise Song for the Obama Inaugural

As the 2012 election nears—yet another historic one, most say—I think about Elizabeth Alexander, the poet who read her poem “Praise Song for the Day” on January 20, 2009, at the Inaugural of President Barack Obama. The perils of writing … Continue reading

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