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Elizabeth Alexander Reflects on Inauguration Reading

Only a few poets have participated in the swearing-in ceremony for our nation's highest office, and on Jan. 20, Elizabeth Alexander will become just the fourth to hold that honor when she will recite an original poem at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. 08:53

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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