Elizabeth Alexander, Professor of African American Studies and Chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University; author of Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems, 1990-2010. Poetry is something many people seem to be hungry for these days. We're starved for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, to sit with difficult questions - for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. In this episode of On Being, Krista Tippett speaks with poet Elizabeth Alexander. She was the fourth poet in history to contribute to a U.S. presidential inauguration, that of Barack Obama in 2009. 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. [Broadcast Date: January 17, 2013]
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