Elizabeth Alexander, unlike Maya Angelou, hasn't enjoyed a boost in sales from the inauguration, the news reports. Bafflingly, the article offers no real explanation, just saying that the poem lacked "spark."
There's a better explanation: Her. Delivery. Sank. The. Poem. It sounded trite, even if it might have seemed interesting on the page.
Nobody buys poetry books anymore. And even fewer want bad poetry.