If you’re in Canada and you want to see Colbert discussing poetry with Elizabeth Alexander you can find it here. It’s nice to see Alexander do well in this context. Particularly after all the international poetry talons descended on her poem so quickly. It wasn’t an amazing poem. Her delivery was, as Silliman points out, emblematic of a kind of poetry that can be painful to witness. But is it possible to write a rocking occasional poem? The worst poem I ever wrote was on commission. Poems on demand are difficult; no other inaugural poem has risen above its momentary use as far as I know.
So, here’s to metaphors of mountains, and to more mixing of medias.