by Annie Finch
People turn to poetry at moments of personal and communal importance: tragedies such as 9-11, weddings, the dedications of monuments—and, yes, presidential inaugurations.
In recent years, our shared national confidence in the power of poetry to move us in public situations has been flagging. Richard Blanco gave a vibrant delivery of his inaugural poem, developing a moving image of the sunrise unfolding over various parts of the continent and U.S. citizens until it led back to the image of his own parents. But it seems that, for many of those who have talked to me about the poem over the past week, something was missing.
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