Famed German poet Novalis once said of poetry, "Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." Today, with a deeply personal yet universally-minded work read at President Obama's second inauguration, Cuban-born gay poet Richard Blanco attempted to apply salve to some of our nation's sorest wounds with language. Just his presence was historic and somewhat healing in and of itself: Blanco is the first Latino and first openly gay inaugural poet in America's centuries-long history. (Read the full text here.) The nation's collective response? "LOL, what is this dumb-ass shit? Bring on Beyonce!"
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's nonplussed snort basically says it all:
Nice try, Richard Blanco, but next time how about a poem that rhymes, dude? Is it so hard to rhyme? Even Sasha and Malia can probably rhyme, and they are children.
Then Beyonce sang the national anthem—which rhymes, thank you very much!—and a country raised on television was soothed once again.