For last weeks Poetry Friday edition I posted Elizabeth Alexander's inaugural poem Praise Song for the Day. It got mixed reviews. You guys were much nicer in the comments than some of the stuff I've been reading around the web. "Poetry died on January 20, 2009" and "she sounded like the GPS in my car and about as interesting." Yikes! She made an appearance on The Colbert Report where she explained a little more about her poem and why it wasn't so robust.
And I think if Stephen Colbert had taught my Intro to Modern Poetry class in college, I wouldn't have fallen asleep in class so much!