http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/09/b...ma-invites-rapper-common-to-a-poetry-reading/ Hereâs an opportunity to relive your high-school poetry classes. First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for Wednesday, and sheâs invited several poets, including a successful Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA âCommon.â However, Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the âburn[ing]â of then-President George W. Bush. Back in 2003, First Lady Laura Bush held a poetry evening, and she invited several poets to reprise the work of Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. Although none of those poets had urged violence against a president, Bush canceled the event after left-of-center poets protested and threatened to disrupt the event. Hereâs a sample of Dickinsonâs work that could have been presented at Bushâs event: Iâm nobody! Who are you? Iâm nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then thereâs a pair of us â donât tell! Theyâd banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog! Hereâs a sample of Commonâs work, transcribed from a 2007 video with 837,613 viewers on YouTube. Students, please compare and contrast the two poems. Youâll get extra credit for counting the death threats. There is no extra credit for identifying spelling errors. By the way, âUziâ is slang for a compact machine gun: A Letter to the Law Dem boy wanna talkâ¦ [indistinguishable] Whatcha gon do if ya got one gun? I sing a song for the hero unsung with faces on the mural of the revolution No looking back cosâ in back is whatâs done Tell the preacher, god got more than one son Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton I walk like a warrior, from them I wonât run On the streets, they try to beat us like a drum In Cincinnati, another brother hung A guinea wonât see the sun with his family stung They want us to hold justice but you handed me none The same they did to Kobe and Michael Jackson make them the main attraction Turn around and attack them Black gem in the rough Youâre rugged enough Use your mind and nine-power, get the government touch Them boys chat-chat on how him pop gun I got the black strap to make the cops run They watching me, Iâm watching them Them dick boys got a lock of cock in them My people on the block got a lot of pok* in them and when we roll together we be rocking them to sleep No time for that, because thereâs things to be done Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come from project building Seeing a fiend being hung With that happening, why they messing with Saddam? Burn a Bush cosâ for peace he no push no button Killing over oil and grease no weapons of destruction How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one The governmentâs a g-unit and they might buck young black people Black people In the urban area one I hold up a peace sign, but I carry a gun. Peace, yaâll.â The First Ladyâs office did not return a call from TheDC.