Given somewhat of a renewed interest in poetry (thanks to reading Lerner and Sebald), I happily signed up to celebrate National Poetry Month (who knew? It’s apparently the cruelest month) and receive a free copy of the April issue of Poetry Magazine.
I watched the poet Richard Blanco’s inaugural reading with an additional layer of skepticism. His poem, One Today, which opens with plain verve (“One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores”) dissolved in the moment. Obama had just roused the crowd with progressive promises, and while his speech was not filled with detailed […]