Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Presidental Poets

It is Wednesday and rather then discuss the latest economic numbers, why not read some poetry of questionable quality? The Library of Congress has a section of their web site devoted to presidential poetry.

They just recently added some poems from President-elect Barack Obama's college days. Harold Bloom states that "Obama's poetry, Bloom makes clear, is much superior to the poetry of former President Jimmy Carter," whom Bloom considers "literally the worst poet in the United States." Which is interesting since he has actually published a book of poems called Always a Reckoning, and Other Poems (New York: Times Books, 1995). Want to read a copy? We have a copy here at CU-Boulder or you can check out your local library using WorldCat.

Still want more information on literature? While the Govpubs library doesn't have a guide, there are a quite a few from other areas of the CU-Boulder library.

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