"Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of what poetry works in us — and in our children — and why it may become more relevant, not less so, in hard and complicated times."
Elizabeth Alexander is a poet and professor of African American Studies at Yale University. She composed and delivered her poem "Praise Song for the day" for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her most recent book is Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems, 1990-2010.
Alexander was delightful when she appeared on The Stephen Colbert Show the day after the inauguration and explained the difference between a metaphor and a lie.