The White House hosted an afternoon workshop on poetry, as well as played host to a collection of poets, musicians, and performers of all types for an evening of poetry last night.
It does take a poetic scientist to see how beautifully awesome this is.
Our President Speaks
Speaking at the celebration, President Barack Obama said:
The power of poetry is that everybody experiences it differently. But as a nation built on freedom of expression, poets have always played an important role in telling our American story.
Well said Mr. President!
A Varied Collection
Participants at the celebration of American poetry and prose included Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann, Jill Scott, Common, and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Common’s appearance sparked a typical racist barage of criticism from individuals who obviously give no credence to a fine tuned lyrical artist, especially a rapper who is more poetically political than typically mysogynist, which honestly fuels a lot of rap music.
Added to that is that Common does a lot of good in his hometown of Chicago, and inspires a young generation of inner city kids to express themselves through words rather than gangs and violence.
Perhaps those who seek to criticize Common and the White House should recognize Common’s original moniker of Common Sense, and use that instead of ignorance.