Is James Franco’s loopy Obama poem better than the Inauguration poem?
posted at 12:44 pm on January 22, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham
I met Obama once, in D.C., the Correspondents’ Dinner.
I was the guest of Vanity Fair, guided through D.C. by the wife
Of Christopher Hitchens, when he was alive. We went to Hitch’s place,
He had books from floor to ceiling, and said he had read
To Borges, when he was blind, Old Icelandic Eddas—
Then we waited in a private room with the likes of Tom Cruise,
And Katie Holmes, and Claire Danes. When Obama entered
The crowd converged. Finally, I got to shake his hand,
He knew me from Spider-Man.
Richard Blanco’s “One Today.” I actually thought it had a few nice moments and was at least accessible, but maybe a tad too literal.