Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is currently a chancellor of the Academy of American poets. She graduated from Yale and also holds a degree from Boston University. She’s spent her career promoting African American poetry. Her 2005 book, American Sublime, was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.

Affirmative Action Blues

‘Affirmative Action Blues’ appears in Elizabeth Alexander’s Body of Life (1996). This poem is about the incident of police brutality on Rodney King in 1991.

Praise Song for the Day

Elizabeth Alexander read the poem, ‘Praise Song for the Day’ at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. It is an occasional poem praising the Americans’ role in nation-building.

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