Sunday, December 21, 2008

Meet Elizabeth Alexander - President-Elect Barack Obama's Inauguration Poet

Never heard of her, but that doesn't mean she isn't great. Anyone out there familiar with her work? If you a Elizabeth Alexander novice like me, check out her website. She's clearly very accomplished and successful. I wish her luck, she has a tough job ahead of her.

4 comments:

Sista GP December 21, 2008 at 8:27 PM  

Thanks, I'll have to read up on her.

anacostia_poet December 22, 2008 at 3:39 PM  

although Body of Life is her first book..I would start with The Venus Hottentot, her third collection...she is an amazing poet and superb scholar.

Claudia December 22, 2008 at 8:28 PM  

Elizabeth Alexander is an excellent poet! I am very proud of the Obamas for selecting her because it says a lot about their cultural investments as black Americans in this country. Her verses are thoughtful and intense, and draw on issues of race throughout history. One thing I notice about her poetry is how she takes the smallest observation and uses it to reveal meaningful issues. And I agree with anacostia_poet, The Venus Hottentot is her most well-known work and very good!

Temple December 27, 2008 at 3:16 PM  

Hello professor tracey,

ta-nehisi coates (atlantic blog) has a few posts about alexander. This one features her venus hottentot poem:

http://ta-nehisicoates.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/12/because_its_fridayand_elizabeth_alexander_is_great.php#more

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