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It’s so obvious: Al Gore deserves another award!  This time for poetry!   When I first read Gore’s poem on David’s post below titled “He’s a Poet and You know It,”  I was gobsmacked;  I immediately felt that only a Nobel Prize in Literature, or some prize of equal worth,  could properly honor Al Gore’s original imagery, tear-jerking phraseology… spelling… 

But, I joke.  Not so Mark Hertsgaard for Vanity Fair:

“…In his almost 30 years of crusading against global warming, Al Gore has worn a variety of hats. In roughly chronological order these include: congressman, senator, author, vice president, traveling evangelist, filmmaker, investment adviser, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Now, with the publication of his new book, Our Choice, Gore has unveiled a fresh and most unexpected talent: the book’s opening chapter of concludes with a poem he wrote—21 lines of verse that are equal parts beautiful, evocative, and disturbing…. (my emphasis)

 …The result is a surprisingly accomplished, nuanced piece of writing. The images Gore conjures in his (untitled) poem turn a neat trick: they are visually specific and emotionally arresting even as they are scientifically accurate.”

The title to the Vanity Fair article  is Al Gore: The Poet Laureate of Climate Change. Unbelievable.  

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3 thoughts on “Al Gore, Poet Laureate

  1. LOL

    Patty, this is a great post- it really made me laugh.

    (BTW, I was going to wait until Xmas to give you this but; YouTube -Maria Callas, La Mama Morte- a treat!!).

  2. He’s like Kim Il Sung
    A master in all fields of human endeavor

    I used to think Shakespeare was the man
    But he stinks compared to Big Al

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