You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.

President-elect Obama’s first press conference shows a change from sweeping reform ideas to concrete legislative solutions. His tone is sharper and swifter but he still finds a way to interject humor in the appropriate places.

I saw a used copy of The Audacity of Hope last night and commented to Barb, “I bet this is gonna be required text for high schoolers real soon.” And along with that I’ll also wager that his speaking style and cadence will find it’s way into the collective unconscious of open micers, to slammers, to protest work, to political poets, to general readings. Since I haven’t been to many open mics or slams this could already be happening.

It’ll be interesting to see how he transitions into his new “prose” style of speaking for matters of Presidential action and if there will be any change in his “poetry” voice for State of the Union addresses.

Author: Oscar Bermeo

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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