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Poetry on the Potomac

TDBLU Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 2:47 PM
Ms Fields, you seem to appreciate the late PM Churchill, so how about the quotation I've seen attributed to him, "Anyone who is not a liberal when they are 20 has no heart, and anyone who is not a conservative when they are 30, has no brain". Now, the Bill of Rights may not be a graceful Haikku about clouds and dragonflies, but it is still the finest thing in print, anywhere, from any time. One more quotation, "It's time to stand up and be counted".
A poet laureate comes to Washington. Yawn. In the world capital of the sound and fury that often signifies not very much, the disciplined sentiments of a poet sound as alien as a tax cut for millionaires. We live in a city of argument, one-upsmanship, and winners and losers playing a power game where rhetoric rules without eloquence.

Pragmatism trumps poetry every time. We have no majesty, none of the grace notes of language and no call for a poet to memorialize events, celebratory or tragic.

But wait. Natasha Trethewey, the newest poet laureate, wants to change that. By moving to...