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"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Username: Cynique

Post Number: 13419
Registered: 01-2004

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Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 11:02 am:   

When speaking to the masses on momentuous occasions, academics should keep it simple; specifically, poets should make their inaugural poems palatable for public consumption, not delectable for their professional peers and lofty intellectuals.
The only thing more elitist than Libby Alexander's poem, was Ruth Miriam Garnett's critique of the it.

An inaugural poem, like common citizens, should be trite and simple. There would be no aftermath of controversy and disappointment if a poetic offering went something like this:

Today we hail our incoming head of state
and, boy, is his responsibility great!
We are confident that he'll do his best,
and wish all his programs success.

We hope they'll be no more war,
that the ecomony will recover and soar.
We are grateful that God's on our side,
even if other countries think that we're snide.

Our foundling fathers were a great bunch of guys
who tried real hard to be wise.
What makes America the best of nations
is how it got rid of all those plantations.

So let's go forward with our heads held high,
and put our suppport behind this new guy.
Together we can't lose
because we know how to dodge shoes.

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