Friday, May 15, 2020

Rita Dove, Barack Obama & Poetry Love

I recently ran across this video of a poetry reading with Rita Dove that President Obama held in the White House back in 2011. I had never seen it before and I thought it was so lovely-- especially hearing Barack Obama talk about what poetry meant to him and hearing Rita Dove (one of my favorites) reading two of her poems aloud. I particularly loved this comment from the former President:

Now head on over to Jama's Alphabet Soup for a wonderful Poetry Friday gathering! She throws an awesome party! 


Linda Mitchell said... beautiful the introduction, the reverence, the poet and the poems. I long for this civility in our public arenas and our White House now. Thank you so very much for this delightful visit.

Lynn Vieira said...

Thank you for introducing me to the words of Rita Dove. What a wonderful reading!