Here we are, momentarily turning our backs from both the poets and from our kids, who patiently took in the event. My oldest, Nikolai, wearing his tattered Santa cap, spent part of his day listening to the readings, while also making time to study the people in the crowd.
If you are a supporter of Mr. Trump, such an event will in no way surprise. And yet, one thing to consider is that, in the past, poets have famously been enlisted to commemorate the occasion of a president’s inauguration, not condemn it. For those of us who steadfastly refuse to acknowledge that our present political situation is “normal,” this turn of events is only the latest in a never-ending series of troubling developments.