Sunday, December 7, 2008

Poetry Readings in the White House?


President Obama announced today that he wants to bring culture back to the White House. He specially mentioned Poetry Readings.
What kinds of poets will President Obama invite?
I would be interested in knowing what my fellow poets think should be the poets invited?
Here are my choices for the first reading;
Alice Notley, Mark Nowak, Peter Gizzi, Harryette Mullen
Tell me who you want to read at the White House

12 comments:

Mark said...

Nathaniel Mackey; Jennifer Moxley; Lisa Jarnot; Keith Waldrop; C.D. Wright.

Guillermo Parra said...

I just can't picture, say, Jack Spicer, John Wieners or Gregory Corso reading their work at the White House.

How about Miguel Piñero at the White House? He would have been brilliant, all drugged out and belligerent. My point is, I'd hope the poets I like don't read there, no matter who's in office. Let poetry stay obscure, irrelevant (to capitalism) or threatening.

OK. I can think of one, maybe: Frank Lima, a beautiful poet. But again, I feel the White House is not where I'd want to see a poet I love read.

Buffalo Clouds said...

David Berman, Anne Carson, Jack Gilbert, Charles Simic, Marie Ponsot, Robert Hass, and Rebecca Okrent.

Samuel Vriezen said...

Why, Bruce Andrews of course!

Mark said...

Jim Behrle.

North Fifth Street said...

John Ashbery, John Ashbery, John Ashbery, John Ashbery, and Matthew Dickman.

John Oliver Simon said...

Charles Potts.

"The civilization is refuted every week at the poetry readings"

Al Young, Sharon Doubiago, Dorianne Laux, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Juan Felipe Herrera.

Gary Snyder. Mary Oliver.

Caroline María Woods-Mejía (age 12).

Paul McHale said...

It feels like Oh no, at the White House - but that is the White House of the recent past - picture Walt Whitman reading while Lincoln was president - this could work for the language and spirit of America....

jschickling said...

Rachel Zucker: "I read the instructions twice and pee on my hand by mistake."

Air Gab said...

Amiri Baraka (an absolute must), John Ashbury, Diane diPrima, Charles Bernstein, Anne Waldman, Lisa Jarnot, Jerome Rothenberg, Alice Notely, Harriet Mullen

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