Ivan’s Inauguration Poem

Our friend Ivan has written to us:

The ridiculous “poem” recited by the semi-literate mumbling hack, Elizabeth Alexander, at Obama’s inauguration, is beneath satire!

But, Ivan admires this following poem much more!    And Ivan says this poem expresses everything that Elizabeth Alexander’s Inaugural poem intended to express about Obama, but this poem really gets to the heart of it all!

From the 1997 movie, “Beavis and Butthead Do America”:

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5 Responses to Ivan’s Inauguration Poem

  1. C.A. Yeung says:

    Elizabeth Alexander’s poem caused a bit of a disturbance to our otherwise peaceful household last night. When she came to the line: “A woman and her son wait for the bus”, Ned Kelly screamed in despair. By then the poet in our family, our puppy Sam, couldn’t stand it any more. So he started sneezing non-stop at the TV screen. That triggered a series of barking binges by the patriotic Aussie dogs next door.

  2. justrecently says:

    Let The Tree speak to Sam. 😉

  3. Ned Kelly says:

    JR, thanks for that. Just yesterday I was telling Catherine how Maya Angelou’s style of listing “diverse” kinds of Americans, is not original at all. She’s doing a BAD imitation of Walt Whitman.

    Now, I don’t like everything Whitman wrote, but I do have great respect for him. Even Shakespeare wrote some rubbish, especially when he was doing hack-work for his sponsors, but he had real genius. So did Whitman.

    Whitman attempted, and to a great extent succeeded, in developing an unprecedented, uniquely American kind of poetry. He aspired to become the “Poet of Democracy”, and to that end he celebrated all kinds of common people, especially the working classes, and he indicated the hitherto uncelebrated beauties of their pedestrian situations and occupations.

    One of the best examples is section 15 of his master-work, “Song of Myself” (1855). Go to this link and scroll down to section 15: http://www.daypoems.net/poems/1900.html

    That’s what Maya Angelou tries, and fails, to imitate. The difference between Whitman and Angelou is like the difference between Cab Calloway and “Young Jeezy”.

    (Compare Cab Calloway’s R and B, here http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=33nTnawq6jk, to the mush-mouthed decadent “R and B” of Young Jeezy, http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffh9xDf2S9c )

  4. justrecently says:

    Hm… you can’t blame the prez who iz black for everything. Anyway, as a proud cultural philistine, I like this stuff even better.

  5. Ned Kelly says:

    No, mostly I blame the White pagans who worship him for his dark skin because for the past 20 years the TV has been telling them that dark skin has magical powers.

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