Only a few poets have participated in the swearing-in ceremony for our nation's highest office, and on Jan. 20, 2008, Elizabeth Alexander will become just the fourth to hold that honor when she recites an original poem at President-elect Barack…

It has been widely noted that President-elect Barack Obama is a reader of poetry. Only days after winning the election, Mr. Obama was spotted with a copy of Derek Walcott's collected poems.

Poet Lawson Fusao Inada reads some of his poems, including "The Stand." In addition to his experiences at the Japanese internment camps, many of Inada's poems are influenced by his love of jazz music.

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