Richard Blanco was unknown to me until his appearance at yesterday's inauguration. More fault me. However, he certainly made me sit up and take notice, and others of my acquaintance have praised both his work and his presentation. Here is a sampling of his poetry.[DE]
"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 20 years, so I could write this poem."
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By Jason Boog
Inaugural poet Richard Blanco read “One Today” for President Barack Obama‘s inauguration in Washington D.C. yesterday.
Below, we’ve linked to 14 of Blanco’s poems online, including the free poetry chapbook, Place of Mind. http://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/sociedad/2013/01/11/richard-blanco-galleguito-elegido-recitar-poema-inauguracion-mandato-obama/00031357929629710278369.htm
14 Richard Blanco Poems You Can Read Online