Obama: World Can’t Survive Without Poetry

Obama World Can't Survive Without Poetry

Obama: World Can’t Survive Without Poetry

On Friday, celebrating National Poetry Month at the White House with poet laureate Elizabeth Alexander, who read a poem at his 2009 inauguration, President  Obama made sure everyone knew what a sensitive, gentle soul he was:

Others may lament unemployment, figuring making enough money to feed their family would be a key to survival, but Obama has much loftier thoughts.

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Obama has tried his hand at poetry himself; as a 19-year-old at Occidental College in 1982 he had two of his magnum opuses published in the Spring 1982 issue of Occidental’s literary magazine, Feast. One was entitled “Underground,” and featured apes that eat figs:

The other, more disturbing effort, especially in the section about his shorts, was entitled Pop:

Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken

In, sprinkled with ashes,

Pop switches channels, takes another

Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks

What to do with me, a green young man

Who fails to consider the

Flim and flam of the world, since

Things have been easy for me;

I stare hard at his face, a stare

That deflects off his brow;

I’m sure he’s unaware of his

Dark, watery eyes, that

Glance in different directions,

And his slow, unwelcome twitches,


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