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Yale Poet to Read at Inauguration
Posted by: hpesoj (69.116.241.---)
Date: December 19, 2008 11:48AM

I thought some of you might be interested.


Re: Yale Poet to Read at Inauguration
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (24.189.156.---)
Date: December 19, 2008 05:15PM

She probably won't mention food in the poem....that's too bad, as I like poems what have food in them.

Re: Yale Poet to Read at Inauguration
Posted by: IanAKB (124.168.127.---)
Date: December 20, 2008 02:52AM

Food for thought?

Re: Yale Poet to Read at Inauguration
Posted by: petersz (69.181.22.---)
Date: December 26, 2008 01:15AM

by Elizabeth Alexander

I am lazy, the laziest
girl in the world. I sleep during
the day when I want to, 'til
my face is creased and swollen,
'til my lips are dry and hot. I
eat as I please: cookies and milk
after lunch, butter and sour cream
on my baked potato, foods that
slothful people eat, that turn
yellow and opaque beneath the skin.
Sometimes come dinnertime Sunday
I am still in my nightgown, the one
with the lace trim listing because
I have not mended it. Many days
I do not exercise, only
consider it, then rub my curdy
belly and lie down. Even
my poems are lazy. I use
syllabics instead of iambs,
prefer slant to the gong of full rhyme,
write briefly while others go
for pages. And yesterday,
for example, I did not work at all!
I got in my car and I drove
to factory outlet stores, purchased
stockings and panties and socks
with my father's money.

To think, in childhood I missed only
one day of school per year. I went
to ballet class four days a week
at four-forty-five and on
Saturdays, beginning always
with plie, ending with curtsy.
To think, I knew only industry,
the industry of my race
and of immigrants, the radio
tuned always to the station
that said, Line up your summer
job months in advance. Work hard
and do not shame your family,
who worked hard to give you what you have.
There is no sin but sloth. Burn
to a wick and keep moving.

I avoided sleep for years,
up at night replaying
evening news stories about
nearby jailbreaks, fat people
who ate fried chicken and woke up
dead. In sleep I am looking
for poems in the shape of open
V's of birds flying in formation,
or open arms saying, I forgive you, all.

Re: Yale Poet to Read at Inauguration
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (24.189.156.---)
Date: December 26, 2008 12:43PM

Well, perhaps she WILL mention food after all

In a more positive way maybe

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