Inauguration Poem : Blog Of The Nation For a small, independent press, Elizabeth Alexander's Inauguration Day poem is a commercial success, even if the poem itself wasn't a critical one.
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Inauguration Poem

After Barack Obama gave his inaugural address, Elizabeth Alexander, a poet and Yale professor, following in the footsteps of Maya Angelou and Robert Frost, recited some original verse.

Although her poem, "Praise Song for the Day," didn't receive great critical acclaim, it has done wonders for Graywolf Press, which the Christian Science Monitor calls "the little boook publisher that could." On February 6th, Graywolf will send some 100,000 copies of Alexander's poem, in chapbook form, to bookstores around the country. And for them, that's an awful lot.