Craig Dilger for The New York Times
Poet’s Kinship with the President
Â© 2013 The New York Times
WASHINGTON â€” From the moment Barack Obama burst onto the political scene, the poet Richard Blanco, a son of Cuban exiles, says he felt â€śa spiritual connectionâ€ť with the man who would become the nationâ€™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 ….
“‘One Today‘ has some fine lines, but writing good poetry for a grand national celebration is an impossible feat”
— U.K. Guardian | 22 January 2013
Watch and listen to Richard Blanco read and speak about his poetry