Paul Dewar, poetry lover


The Citizen’s Joanne Chianello reports from the US Embassy.

The guests, largely Canadians invited by the embassy staff, burst into applause after every song and speech, and then the oath of office. Only Mr. Dewar, though, applauded the inaugural poem by Elizabeth Alexander.

In her liveblog, Kady reported that the NDP’s Dewar was “leading the applause.” Maybe she was being kind.


Paul Dewar, poetry lover

  1. I don’t think the poem was as bad as some are suggesting.

    Reading it over, I heard echoes of Whitman.

  2. I didn’t like the poem, but not clapping out of politeness does strike me as rude, in a context that is all about ceremonial appearances.