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    Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    WASHINGTON — From the moment Barack Obama burst onto the political scene, the poet Richard Blanco, a son of Cuban exiles, says he felt “a spiritual connection” with the man who would become the nation’s 44th president.

    Like Mr. Obama, who chronicled his multicultural upbringing in a best-selling autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” Mr. Blanco has been on a quest for personal identity through the written word. He said his affinity for Mr. Obama springs from his own feeling of straddling different worlds; he is Latino and gay (and worked as a civil engineer while pursuing poetry). His poems are laden with longing for the sights and smells of the land his parents left behind.

    Now Mr. Obama is about to pluck Mr. Blanco out of the relatively obscure and quiet world of poetry and put him on display before the entire world. On Wednesday the president’s inaugural planners will announce that Mr. Blanco is to be the 2013 inaugural poet, joining the ranks of notables like Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

    “Since the beginning of the campaign, I totally related to his life story and the way he speaks of his family, and of course his multicultural background,” Mr. Blanco said in a telephone interview from the rural village of Bethel, Me., where he lives with his partner. “There has always been a spiritual connection in that sense. I feel in some ways that when I’m writing about my family, I’m writing about him.”

    Mr. Blanco must now compose an original poem for the president’s ceremonial swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol on Jan. 21. (Mr. Obama will take the official oath at the White House on Jan. 20, as required by the Constitution.) 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.”

    Friends of Mr. Blanco’s, and fellow poets, say the president could not have found a more perfect fit.

    “I think he was chosen because his America is very similar to the president’s America,” said Liz Balmaseda, who met Mr. Blanco in the mid-1990s when he was just emerging as a poet, and she was working as a columnist for The Miami Herald. “You don’t have to be an exile, you don’t have to be Latino or gay to get the yearning in Richard’s poetry.”

    Mr. Blanco, 44, was conceived in Cuba, born in Spain and raised and educated in Miami, where his mother was a bank teller, his father a bookkeeper, and his grandmother — “abuela” in his poems — was a looming, powerful presence. Family folklore has it that he was named for Richard M. Nixon, his father’s favorite president, who took a strong stand against Fidel Castro.

    The Blanco home was a modest place where pork was served on Thanksgiving (in his first published poem, “América,” Mr. Blanco writes that he insisted one year on having turkey), and Latin music played on holidays and birthdays. Theirs was a world dominated by food and family, where “mango,” as Mr. Blanco writes in another poem, “Mango, Number 61,” “was abuela and I hunched over the counter covered with the Spanish newspaper, devouring the dissected flesh of the fruit slithering like molten gold through our fingers.”

    Like many immigrant families, Mr. Blanco’s parents wanted a better life for their son. “The business was survival,” he said. He was instructed that he had three career choices: doctor, lawyer or engineer. He was “a whiz at math,” he said, so he chose engineering, suppressing his creative side (and his homosexuality) to win the approval of his grandmother, who thought he was too feminine.

    As an engineer, Mr. Blanco helped design bridges, road improvements and an architectural site plan for City Hall in South Miami. But in his mid-20s, he said, he began asking himself questions about “identity and cultural negotiations and who am I, where do I belong, what is this stuff about Cuba my parents keep talking about?” Suddenly he felt “a deep need” to write.

    Mr. Blanco decided to pursue a master’s degree in fine arts and creative writing, taking courses at night at Florida International University, where he had earned his engineering degree. His mentor there, Campbell McGrath (who also happens to be a childhood friend of Elizabeth Alexander, Mr. Obama’s first inaugural poet), said Mr. Blanco’s facility with numbers and structural design shines through in his writing.

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    I wonder if Mr Blanco will be paid for the poem.

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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    Why? Would that matter somehow?

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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    I think he'll be sufficiently compensated by the sudden increase in sales of his book.
    Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party. ~Joan Crawford

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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    I think all the Players of the inaugural Ceremony are paid but they're not receiving CRAZY pay...

    In my opinion this is a ONCE in a Lifetime invitation that no one has to accept but no one EVER turns down. The international publicity and Buffet-pass to all the Balls where you can eat all the Scrimp and Lobster you can eat is payment enough....

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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    http://www.royal.gov.uk/TheRoyalHous...tLaureate.aspx

    The Poet Laureate's original salary was £200 per year plus a butt of canary (a type of wine). John Betjeman had the tradition revived in 1972, and today's Poet Laureate continues to receive a barrel of sherry.


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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    Quote Originally Posted by star-warrior View Post
    Star Warrior speak English..What exactly are you trying to say? You think we're going to pay our American poet with a Barrel of Bud lite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterMajestic View Post
    Star Warrior speak English..What exactly are you trying to say? You think we're going to pay our American poet with a Barel of Bud lite?
    Or whatever he's partial to


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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    I wonder if Mr Blanco will be paid for the poem.
    Why do you ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilBit View Post
    I think he'll be sufficiently compensated by the sudden increase in sales of his book.
    I just wonder how many people go out to buy books by contemporary poets anymore. No one I know.

    People pay to witness Henry Rollins' performances and pay to see James Franco impersonate Allen Ginsburg. And some of them delude themselves that the rhyming verses used in rap music are poetry— I disagree.

    I understand the US Government just gives a token fee to the official laureate and that the US Poetry Foundation are discontinuing their 'best-selling' book lists. I know a former poet who was published from London who says poetry and poetry books have been superceded by other media.


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    http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-B...gbs/books/9966

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    This is the only text by Richard Blanco I've found on the web


    Not a family room, but the room where

    my father twirled his hair while listening

    to 8-tracks of Elvis, and read Nietzsche

    and Kant a few months before he died,

    where my mother learned to dance alone

    as she swept, and I learned Salsa pressed

    against my Tía Julia’s enormous breasts.


    “El Florida Room,”

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    Extended Interview, Reading: Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco


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    ^
    he doesn't LOOK Cuban or LOOK like the son of a refugee or even LOOK gay. He looks very comfortable and middle class.

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    ^
    I had assumed he was chosen for the purposes of being PC because this thread shows people are more interested in his background than his writing.

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    WE have a syndrome in Australia where middle-class PC city people want to be seen to be nice to the native peoples but they can't actually bear to have anything to do them.

    So a group of mixed-race people (like the one below) have arisen to prominence in the media with claim to be aboriginal despite their appearance.


    I had assumed Blanco was chosen because of his PC credentials. I'm looking forward to seeing the recitation of the poem on TV.

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    Jesus, Grimshaw.

    Do you ever think about anything other than race?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    ^
    I had assumed he was chosen for the purposes of being PC because this thread shows people are more interested in his background than his writing.
    You know what they say about assuming.

    Maybe Obama just likes his poetry?

    And @ Rareboy: No, not really.

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    From reading his posts in this thread, I'd say that Grimshaw is actually afraid of poetry.

    Or is it just this poet that he is trying to diminish?
    Last edited by rareboy; January 21st, 2013 at 04:18 AM.

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    And so it began: the earth torn, split open

    by a dirt road cutting through palmettos

    and wild tamarind trees defending the land

    against the sun. Beside the road, a shack

    leaning into the wind, on the wooden porch,

    crates of avocados and limes, white chickens

    pecking at the floor boards, and a man

    under the shadow of his straw hat, staring

    into the camera in 1914. He doesn't know

    within a lifetime the unclaimed land behind

    him will be cleared of scrub and sawgrass,

    the soil will be turned, made to give back

    what the farmers wish, their lonely houses

    will stand acres apart from one another,

    jailed behind the boughs of their orchards.


    He'll never buy sugar at the general store,

    mail love letters at the post office, or take

    a train at the depot of the town that will rise

    out of hundred-million years of coral rock

    on promises of paradise. He'll never ride

    a Model-T puttering down the dirt road

    that will be paved over, stretch farther and

    farther west into the horizon, reaching for

    the setting sun after which it will be named.


    He can't even begin to imagine the shadows

    of buildings rising taller than the palm trees,

    the street lights glowing like counterfeit stars

    dotting the sky above the road, the thousands

    who will take the road everyday, who'll also

    call this place home less than a hundred years

    after the photograph of him hanging today

    in City Hall as testament. He'll never meet

    me, the engineer hired to transform the road

    again, bring back tree shadows and birdsongs,

    build another promise of another paradise

    meant to last another forever. He'll never see

    me, the poet standing before him, trying

    to read his mind across time, wondering if

    he was thinking what I'm today, both of us

    looking down the road that will stretch on

    for years after I too disappear into a photo.


    'Groundbreaking Ceremony, City of South Miami, Sunset Drive Improvements'
    "Photo of a Man on Sunset Drive: 1914, 2008"

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    I thought Richard Bianco was the Hillside Strangler, or one of them.

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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    ^ Well that is a pretty stupid supposition, isn't it?

    It would be like me supposing that Benvolio was an intelligent, erudite multi-racial poet.



    And @ Grimshaw above.

    So is there a point you are making?
    Last edited by rareboy; January 21st, 2013 at 05:48 AM.

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    Cuban exile mother of inaugural poet laureate Richard Blanco now in spotlight as his inspiration

    When Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco takes center stage to read the inaugural poem, he will become the first Hispanic and openly gay man to receive such an honor.

    At first, Geysa Blanco thought her son was kidding.

    "He said, ‘Mom, I have news for you,’ " Blanco said, recalling the telephone call from her son a few weeks ago.

    "Between English and Spanish, he told me that they had chosen him to write and read a poem at the presidential inauguration,” she said.

    But Richard Blanco, a child of exiles who was raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University, was serious.

    The Barack Obama inaugural committee chose the 44-year-old Cuban-American civil engineer and author to recite an original poem at Monday’s inauguration.

    Richard Blanco has also been speechless. “It took me 10 minutes to remember what the word for inauguration is in Spanish," he said in a telephone interview Sunday from Washington, D.C., less than 24 hours before taking center stage.

    Blanco, who now lives in Maine, will become the first Hispanic inaugural poet and the first openly gay one. He is also only the fifth and youngest poet in the exclusive club of poets.

    The first was Robert Frost, who in 1961 wrote a poem for the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.

    Then in 1993, Bill Clinton chose the African-American writer Maya Angelou. William Miller was chosen for Clinton’s second inauguration, and Elizabeth Alexander wrote the poem for Obama’s first ceremony.

    In a statement, Obama said Blanco’s work represents "the great strength and diversity of the American people."

    This diversity and strength could be reflected in the story of the poet’s Cuban exile mother.

    "She is a very brave woman and has worked hard all her life for my brother and me," Blanco said.

    During an interview at her Westchester home, Geysa Blanco, 75, said that it still seems surreal that a woman who grew up in a sugar refinery in Cienfuegos will stand in front of the National Capitol, watching her son recite a poem for the nation and the president of the United States.

    “My son said reporters might want to interview me and I said, ‘Me? What for?’ ” Geysa Blanco said. Indeed, local reporters and TV cameras have come knocking and the proud mother has given several interviews.

    Geysa Blanco has also become a celebrity among her neighbors, friends and customers at Regions Bank on Bird Road, where she has worked for more than 30 years.

    The roots of Richard Blanco’s writing began in 1968 when his parents fled the Communist island and went into exile in Spain. At the time, Geysa Blanco, a teacher, was pregnant and she and her late husband Carlos, already had an older son, also named Carlos.

    "We decided to leave Cuba because the government was becoming more and more difficult to live under," she said. "But it was very painful for me because I left my mother and brothers behind and came here virtually alone and with nothing."

    After five months in Spain, where she gave birth to Richard, they emigrated to New York.

    As a boy, she said Richard always had an interest in exploring his Cuban roots.

    "I always had questions about Cuba, about the family we left there," he said. On his website he refers to himself as being “made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the U.S.”

    That sense of not belonging and trying to belong seeps through his books of poetry, which often feature his family and their efforts hold on to their traditions.

    When Richard was about 5 and Carlos 11, the family moved to the closest place to Cuba – Miami. His mother went to work in a supermarket and later landed her bank job.

    "We lived three generations in one house, my husband’s parents, my husband and I, and Charles and Richard," the poet’s mother said. "Sometimes it was hard because grandparents are not accustomed to the modern ways of young people.”

    Today, she laments that those family members are gone. “I wish Richard’s father and grandparents were here to enjoy this day,” she said.

    Richard Blanco did get to visit the homeland his parents yearned for when he was growing up.

    "Everyone thought he wasn’t going to speak Spanish and was going to feel uncomfortable," Geysa Blanco said of her relatives on the island. "But they were surprised because he picked yucca in the fields, jumped in the canals and danced a lot, just like everyone else.”

    That trip as a young man would shape the poet’s future work, his mother said. "I think that’s where he caught the bug to write about his roots," she said.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/2...#storylink=cpy

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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard-up1 View Post
    If the poet's ethnicity is token or symbolic, I have absolutely no problem with that. The U.S. has only had inaugural poets beginning with Kennedy.

    That a Hispanic one may be elevated to prominence for that reason along with his merits is not objectionable to me. I like the intentional display of diversity in prominent roles, which is indeed representative of both our population and the President's supporting constituency.

    As for Blanco's individual style, I don't find that relevant. No matter what poet is chosen, there will be those to favor or dislike the style. It is a true honor to be chosen, regardless of any mix of motives in the selection. The arts is a highly subjective area, so it's not like picking the fastest downhill racer.

    Why the campaign to dishonor this honored man? Was he a guard at Auschwitz? Did he turn hoses on civil rights protestors? Does he own BP stock? Has he joined WBC and protested at funerals? From what I can gather, he's only guilty of not having a dark enough skin color, not speaking English with a thick foreign accent, and not being poor. Worse yet, he apparently offends an Australian. Gee.

    You just have to bear in mind that Grimshaw has a visceral and often stated aversion on this board to multi-ethnic people, anywhere, particularly those who are not produced from pure white semen. I'm not sure if this revulsion equals his abhorence of shit and menstruation, or if it is milder and does not produce the same kind of gag reflex for him.

    Grimshaw's appreciation of poetry seems to be entirely coloured by his current fixation on this poet. Even in the Whitman thread, he couldn't leave it alone.

    This aversion is also shared by Benvolio, who has gone on at great length in the CE&P boards about how America is being ruined by allowing millions of swarthy foreigners to move to the land of the free.

    Both of these individuals have no poetry in their souls. Sucks eh?

    Ignore them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rareboy View Post
    You just have to bear in mind that Grimshaw has a visceral and often stated aversion on this board to multi-ethnic people, anywhere, particularly those who are not produced from pure white semen. I'm not sure if this revulsion equals his abhorence of shit and menstruation, or if it is milder and does not produce the same kind of gag reflex for him.

    Grimshaw's appreciation of poetry seems to be entirely coloured by his current fixation on this poet. Even in the Whitman thread, he couldn't leave it alone.

    This aversion is also shared by Benvolio, who has gone on at great length in the CE&P boards about how America is being ruined by allowing millions of swarthy foreigners to move to the land of the free.

    Both of these individuals have no poetry in their souls. Sucks eh?

    Ignore them.
    What can you expect from someone who idolizes



    this man, even to the point of emulating his tactics like reductio ad absurdum to irritate political critics?

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    His poem was from the heart and addressed all Americans like Obama adressed all Americans.

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    Poet Richard Blanco reads a poem for President Obama's second inauguration. Blanco is the first Hispanic and openly gay man to read the inaugural poem.


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    Blanco wordys is a noted
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    ^
    How can you assume such things?

    Had you heard of this poet beforehand? Has anyone outside the ever-diminishing circle of poetry-buyers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    ^
    How can you assume such things?

    Had you heard of this poet beforehand? Has anyone outside the ever-diminishing circle of poetry-buyers?
    Says the guy who defaults to assuming the poet was only picked "to be PC."

    Get real. You get more transparent every day.

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    Every scrap of media that I've seen talks about Richard Blanco's labels rather than his writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    Every scrap of media that I've seen talks about Richard Blanco's labels rather than his writing.
    We live in a world where if you are ANYTHING other than a straight white male-- people notice and mention your label without even thinking about it. It's the first and most important way they identify you.

    Welcome to the world since 1492, Pat. We've got some catching up to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post
    … We've got some catching up to do.
    Are you saying things are better now than before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    Are you saying things are better now than before?
    Dunno, is England letting you back in yet?

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    I thought perhaps Richard Blanco's long poem might be appreciated more on the page than in the snowy streets of Washington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiancarloC View Post
    Look harder please.
    I have looked hard; I challenge you to find some text published prior to last week which doesn't repeat those labels mentioned.

    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

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    Re: Richard Blanco - 2013 Inaugural Poet

    He's cute, I wish I could find a man like that.
    In his autumn, before the winter, comes man's last mad surge of youth

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    I have looked hard; I challenge you to find some text published prior to last week which doesn't repeat those labels mentioned.

    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/
    Which proves nothing except the fact that western society hasn't been able to get away from boxing and labelling non-white non-heterosexual people.

    It doesn't prove he was picked for no merit as a poet and only to be a certain race.

    Snipe moar.

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    I want Anderson Cooper to interview Richard Blanco for the TV. I imagine them in their tweed jackets on a leather sofa by the fireside.

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    In Centreal america was dude
    wares smile so wide
    alls a folk
    just melt ans side
    ans now ships get a nice ride
    alls cause
    folks in Centreal america
    so luv
    da dudes big wide smile

    thankyou
    1st worldee Q is safe go out wet rain?
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    One Today

    One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,
    peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
    of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
    across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
    One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
    told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

    My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors,
    each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:
    pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,
    fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows
    begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper—
    bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,
    on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives—
    to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did
    for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

    All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
    the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
    equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
    the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming,
    or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain
    the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
    today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light
    breathing color into stained glass windows,
    life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth
    onto the steps of our museums and park benches
    as mothers watch children slide into the day.

    One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk
    of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat
    and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills
    in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands
    digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands
    as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane
    so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

    The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains
    mingled by one wind—our breath. Breathe. Hear it
    through the day’s gorgeous din of honking cabs,
    buses launching down avenues, the symphony
    of footsteps, guitars, and screeching subways,
    the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.

    Hear: squeaky playground swings, trains whistling,
    or whispers across café tables, Hear: the doors we open
    for each other all day, saying: hello, shalom,
    buon giorno, howdy, namaste, or buenos días
    in the language my mother taught me—in every language
    spoken into one wind carrying our lives
    without prejudice, as these words break from my lips.

    One sky: since the Appalachians and Sierras claimed
    their majesty, and the Mississippi and Colorado worked
    their way to the sea. Thank the work of our hands:
    weaving steel into bridges, finishing one more report
    for the boss on time, stitching another wound
    or uniform, the first brush stroke on a portrait,
    or the last floor on the Freedom Tower
    jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.

    One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes
    tired from work: some days guessing at the weather
    of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love
    that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother
    who knew how to give, or forgiving a father
    who couldn’t give what you wanted.

    We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
    of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
    always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
    like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
    and every window, of one country—all of us—
    facing the stars
    hope—a new constellation
    waiting for us to map it,
    waiting for us to name it—together

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    hey Rico they no idea wot together is
    SSSSSSSSSH"
    ooh
    but ya nose dat

    anyway ears eyes ans skin gettin voice ta da ways world ova
    but not enuff
    bury away unda da 1st world eons a pile a shit
    sold taday as fresh as new set a teeth
    wot smile down
    ans suck ya blood fa
    bit a drink
    but maybe got supa
    in store
    ans one day
    they suck on it
    befor
    all a thang be dry
    ans life be
    bye bye


    anyway

    world civil awsums is
    pollite every days allsways

    happy porn day

    tickyticky
    1st worldee Q is safe go out wet rain?
    _titturs-

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    Sloppy, when I'm elected President, you can be my inaugural poet.
    Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party. ~Joan Crawford

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilBit View Post
    Sloppy, when I'm elected President, you can be my inaugural poet.
    Who will be your Secretary of Cuntipedes?

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    Pat Grimshaw, you are the Black Hole for happiness and joy. Here we had an amazing poem recited today from a very talented poet that most of us had never been exposed to before, and all you can do is derail this thread and criticize this poet over his race and origins. Will you please shut the fuck up and let us enjoy this gay poet recite his beautiful poem about American life?


    As for the poem, it was beautifully written. Thank you miaedu for posting the transcript of it on the thread. I was following along with your text while Richard Blanco was reciting the poem. It was amazing. Beautifully stated and read with such passion and conviction.
    Last edited by Just_Believe18; January 21st, 2013 at 10:49 PM.
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    ^
    Oh Mary! Get back to Poppins' Land!

    If you were paying attention you'd see that I'm not swept up in this Special Day of Sentiment, Hope and Glory for the USA; I'm concerned for the long-term viability of this (I assume) struggling wordsmith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    ^
    he doesn't LOOK Cuban or LOOK like the son of a refugee or even LOOK gay. He looks very comfortable and middle class.
    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    ^
    I had assumed he was chosen for the purposes of being PC because this thread shows people are more interested in his background than his writing.
    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    ^
    Oh Mary! Get back to Poppins' Land!

    If you were paying attention you'd see that I'm not swept up in this Special Day of Sentiment, Hope and Glory for the USA; I'm concerned for the long-term viability of this (I assume) struggling wordsmith.
    Mmmmhmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    ^
    Oh Mary! Get back to Poppins' Land!

    If you were paying attention you'd see that I'm not swept up in this Special Day of Sentiment, Hope and Glory for the USA; I'm concerned for the long-term viability of this (I assume) struggling wordsmith.
    He has a teaching position in a creative writing program. I imagine he's doing just fine.
    Last edited by LilBit; January 22nd, 2013 at 08:35 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Believe18 View Post
    Pat Grimshaw, you are the Black Hole for happiness and joy. Here we had an amazing poem recited today from a very talented poet that most of us had never been exposed to before, and all you can do is derail this thread and criticize this poet over his race and origins. Will you please shut the fuck up and let us enjoy this gay poet recite his beautiful poem about American life?


    As for the poem, it was beautifully written. Thank you miaedu for posting the transcript of it on the thread. I was following along with your text while Richard Blanco was reciting the poem. It was amazing. Beautifully stated and read with such passion and conviction.
    Quote for truth.

    Blanco knocked it out of the park.

    And for anyone who wants to shit all over him...just fuck the fuck off.

    And frankly Grimshaw, I think the whole of JUB is fed up to the teeth with the grinding and insinuating racism and malevolence you seem to introduce into every thread.

    The US should be very proud that an openly homo poet was invited to address the nation at the inauguration. It is a message not only to the American people but to the rest of the world.

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