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February 09, 2009

Poems For Obama

Rachel Zucker was on the phone with a friend the day before President Obama's inauguration, when the two poets had a eureka moment. They decided to find 100 poets who would sign up to write a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days in office.

Rachel talks with Dick about her trepidation approaching her own poem, on Day 16. She says she grew more confident thinking of the poem Elizabeth Alexander read at the inauguration - and her sense that undertaking this project contributes, in a sense, to the days of hard work ahead for Barack Obama.

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