Oh the sweet sound of poetry resounding from the acoustics of the interior of the White House…. I can hear it now: The sands of the beach, the smell of her fragrant hair…Oh its not that kind of Poetry? Could you give me an example?
“Whatcha gon do if ya got one gun? I sing a song for the hero unsung with faces on the mural of the revolution No looking back cos’ in back is what’s done Tell the preacher, god got more than one son Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton walk like a warrior, from them I won’t run….”
Wah Wah What?
First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for Wednesday, and she’s invited several poets, including a successful Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” However, Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the “burn[ing]” of then-President George W. Bush.
via The Daily Caller.
Guess it goes with those Chairman Mao Christmas Balls
Here is the White House Press Release on the event
The President and Mrs. Obama will host a celebration of American poetry and prose by welcoming accomplished poets, musicians and artists as well as students from across the country to the White House next week. Participants include Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Common, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann and Jill Scott who will read, sing, and showcase the impact of poetry on American culture. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will now also join the evening’s performance. The President will make opening remarks at this event held in the East Room. These remarks will be pooled press. The entire event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.
As part of this special event, Mrs. Obama will host a daytime workshop for students from California to New York on May 11th at 2:00 p.m. ET, where students will work with and learn from many of the evening’s performers. First Lady Michelle Obama and administration officials will deliver brief remarks to highlight a new study detailing the importance of arts education. This event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov and students all over the country will be invited to watch the workshop. This event is open press but space is very limited so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the White House Music Series in 2009 with a Jazz Studio, and since then has hosted a celebration of Country Music, Classical Music, Motown, a Fiesta Latina, a salute to Broadway, Music of the Civil Rights Movement and a dance tribute to Judith Jamison. Many of these events included evening performances as well as daytime educational workshops designed to educate and inspire talented young people to use their gifts to develop a future for themselves in the arts community whether as a hobby or as a profession.