Love Jill Scott! Love, love, love her!!!
So y’all know that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (love ‘em both!) welcomed accomplished poets, musicians, artists and students from across the country to the White House this past Wednesday for a celebration of American poetry and prose.
Wednesday evening, the artists showcased the impact of poetry on American culture, with performances by Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Common, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann, Jill Scott and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Said President Obama about poetry & its impact:
Everybody experiences it differently. There are no rules for what makes a great poem. Understanding it isn’t just about metaphor or meter. Instead, a great poem is one that resonates with us, that challenges us and that teaches us something about ourselves and the world that we live in. As Rita Dove says, ‘If [poetry] doesn’t affect you on some level that cannot be explained in words, then the poem hasn’t done its job.’
Check out Jill Scott‘s fab poetry recital:
Love ya for it!
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