Thursday, May 29, 2014
On Wednesday, President Obama lauded her as “one of the brightest lights of our time -- a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman.” In a written statement issued at the White House, the president quoted a line that Angelou herself had applied to Nelson Mandela upon his death: “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn.”
Well, speak none but good of the dead they say, but here I prefer the British tradition of the merciless obituary. Dr. Angelou may have been a fantastic person, I really don't know, but she was not a great poet or any kind of poet for my money. Her name appearing on a college reading list just about guaranteed the list was a flinger, i.e. that which should be flung into the bush. That thing she read at President Clinton's inaugruation was just awful. But fine, she's dead. I'm sure her family will miss her. I can't write poetry either.