Poetry in the White House, Poetry in the garden
May 13, 2009
We were delighted today to read that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Poetry, Music and Spoken Word evening in the White House last night. ‘Demonstrating how communication is a constant throughout the ages, the hope is also that this evening’s gathering helps ensure that all voices are heard, particularly voices that are often not heard.’ Here’s a gossipy account of the evening courtesy of the New York Times. Oh that we could’ve gatecrashed!
But, meanwhile, in gusty Edinburgh, something a little bit delightful that we can and will attend! Hamish Whyte and Diana Hendry will be selling poetical wares on Sunday 17 May from 2pm – 5pm as part of the Stockbridge colonies annual yard sale. Hamish tells us that there will be books for sale (mariscat and others) at incredibly cheap prices plus original poems (signed and unsigned copies available), ephemera etc. They hope also to have a poetry tree (like a cloutie tree) and may even give readings on request. Coupled with the Botanics Annual Plant Sale nearby on the same afternoon, there’s the green-fingered poetry lovers’ Sunday afternoon catered for…
What we love is to see poetry getting out and about, schmoozing, sticking its nose into unusual places and being read and heard. Hurrah for Obama, Hamish and Diana!