Sunday, November 09, 2008

Obama Still has Time for Poetry!



What---an elected official who reads poetry? Looks like what Obama is holding is the 500-page volume, COLLECTED POEMS 1948-1984 by Derek Walcot, one of 20 collections by the poet, theatre director and playwright, who has also written more than 20 plays. Walcott, who won the 1992 Nobel prize for Literature, is often described as the West Indies' greatest writer and intellectual. He was born in St Lucia in 1930 and is best known for his epic poem OMEROS, a reworking of the story of the Odyssey in a 20th century Caribbean setting.

CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO ACCESS THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE UK TELEGRAPH.

Above article received from JCrows.com.

Check out Nick Kristof in this Sunday's NYTimes OP ed:

"Obama and the War on Brains" [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/opinion/09kristof.html?hp] about the return of intellectuals to US Goivernment-- after a long stretch of anti-intellectualism undermining the efficacy of science, fact-finding, and reason.

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