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soulful.terrain
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Michelle Obama's heart-warming poetry fest

 

This ought to warm the cockles of your heart.

And you must ask yourself, are the Obamas the great "uniters" that the media told us they were going to be?

Nevermind Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman;

Look who's invited to the White house poetry reading:

http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/09/burn-a-bush-michelle-obama-invites-rapper-common-to-a-poetry-reading/

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Question

Do you think Common's writing is actually bad here? While it definitely does not hold a candle to the immediacy and poignance of the Dickinson poem sampled, its also some interesting writing with a good deal of rhythm to it.

Is this poetry reading for children? If so, I can see Common being out of place - especially since kids can probably learn so much more for more classic poets. But if this is just a basic reading, why not invite Common? Keep things interesting.

 

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good question
Ariel Bitran wrote:

Do you think Common's writing is actually bad here? While it definitely does not hold a candle to the immediacy and poignance of the Dickinson poem sampled, its also some interesting writing with a good deal of rhythm to it.

Is this poetry reading for children? If so, I can see Common being out of place - especially since kids can probably learn so much more for more classic poets. But if this is just a basic reading, why not invite Common? Keep things interesting.

 

Yes, local high school students were in attendance, as was their OWN children, Sasha and Malia. Bad judgement? I certainly think so.

 http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/hwood_party_girl/b123732_obamas_throw_poetry_party_white_house.html

Moreover, considering that the President of the U.S. is in fact, the chief law enforcement officer of the land, Why would a rapper that speaks in so many words, about shooting law enforcement officers be invited to a poetry reading where the chief law enforcement officer of the land lives?

Makes no logical sense in my estimation, and sends mixed messages to young people as if they weren't already being bombarded with other negative aspects of modern culture.

Peace Bro,

Mark

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

This could turn out to be worse than the senseless cocaine-fueled shooting spree that occurred in Reno after Johnny Cash's performance at the White House.

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This sums it up nicely

Leave it to John Stewart for the sound perspective (and also slamming Bill O'Reily at the same time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im8WhG-8FGw

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It would have been nice if he

It would have been nice if he read from, "Where the Wild Things Are"

Or at the very least he could have had the dignity to read from, "The Lord of the Flies".

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