Appearing tonight in the East Room at the White House poetry celebration, the rapper Common avoided saying anything about killing police, as he has rather frequently in the past.
He did launch into some kind of work which was, I suppose you could say, impressionistic. Some might say it was stream of conscious. And others might say it was incomprehensible. Also, some of it rhymed.
He started with some recorded sound of Martin Luther King speaking, and ended by repeating the line,
“One King’s Dream he was able to Barack us.”