See Nobel Winner Derek Walcott read “Forty Acres“, a poem written for Barack Obama. It is fascinating to see what place poetry is given, or what place it claims, for events such as this.
Here is an interesting article on the topic of occasional poetry (poetry for an occasion). This article is a bit more dense but also more intellectual.
This is the NPR story he mentions, where poet Elizabeth Alexander talks about writing the inauguration poem for Obama. Finally, read “Bards at the Inaugural Gates” here.
I’ll be happy to post the poem itself when I can manage to find a copy! Of course I’m very curious to hear/read it…