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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Richard Blanco, Inaugural poet

Immigrant poet Richard Blanco was named to be the inaugural poet for President Obama's second inauguration.
Gay, Latino--and an engineer, to boot--he's the youngest poet yet selected for an inauguration.

Addie Whisenant, the inaugural committee’s spokeswoman, said Mr. Obama picked Mr. Blanco because the poet’s “deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American.”

Check in on what he's doing, or just check him out, on his Facebook page.

2 comments:

Rob said...

The poetic contribution of Blanco at the Inauguration was thoughtful and appropriate. During my term as poet laureate in Huron, I had to write something that balanced the poetic spirit with a sense of time and place. Specific events become a different sort of muse, but poets (like prophets) are expected to understand the meaning of time.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

"LETTER IN WHICH I THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR NOT INVITING ME TO READ AT HIS INAUGURAL, by J.R. Solonche

newversenews.blogspot.com/2013/01/letter-in-which-i-thank-president-for.html

Cited...

The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau