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Archive for January, 2013

RICHARD BLANCO: President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Poet

Friday, January 18th, 2013 congratulates Richard Blanco: President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Poet



Craig Dilger for The New York Times

Poet’s Kinship with the President


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WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ From the moment Barack Obama burst onto the political scene, the poet Richard Blanco, a son of Cuban exiles, says he felt ‚Äúa spiritual connection‚ÄĚ with the man who would become the nation‚Äôs 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 ….

For the full story, go to the New York Times original

“Maine-based Richard Blanco chosen as 2013 Inauguration Poet” | Emily Burnham | Culture Shock, January 9, 2013

“‘One Todayhas some fine lines, but writing good poetry for a grand national celebration is an impossible feat”
— U.K. Guardian | 22 January 2013

vidcamera003 Richard Blanco reads ‘One Today,’ his 69-line inaugural poem


vidcamera0031 Watch and listen to Richard Blanco read and speak about his poetry

Nico Tucci/Courtesy of Richard Blanco

Poems by Richard Blanco

Visit Richard Blanco’s Website


MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (January15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013


The real reason the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified

¬† Ain’t Gon’ Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round

March on Selma, Alabama 1965




“Youth and Social Action”
Massey Lecture #3 | 29 mins./20 secs

Just months before his assassination in April of 1968, Dr. King spoke on hippies, drugs, Vietnam, and the widening gap between haves and have-nots in America. In November 1967 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered five 30-minute Massey Lectures on CBC Radio. The Masseys are a prestigious annual broadcast in which a noted Canadian or international scholar gives a week-long series of lectures on a political, cultural or philisophical topic. King’s title was “Conscience for Change.” In the lectures, he talked about race relations, the war in Vietnam, youth and social action and non-violence as a tactic for social change.

Although these lectures were recorded more than forty years ago, King’s words have lost none of their relevance as we still try to come to terms with many of the same issues.


In the 1967 Massey Lectures, Martin Luther King states:

Canada is not merely a neighbor to Negroes. Deep in our history of struggle for freedom Canada was the north star. The Negro slave, denied education, de-humanized, imprisoned on cruel plantations, knew that far to the north a land existed where a fugitive slave if he survived the horrors of the journey could find freedom. The legendary underground railroad started in the south and ended in Canada. The freedom road links us together. Our spirituals, now so widely admired around the world, were often codes.

We sang of ‘heaven’ that awaited us and the slave masters listened in innocence, not realizing that we were not speaking of the hereafter. Heaven was the word for Canada and the Negro sang of the hope that his escape on the underground railroad would carry him there. One of our spirituals, Follow the Drinking Gourd, in its disguised lyrics contained directions for escape.

The gourd was the Big Dipper, and the north star to which its handle pointed gave the celestial map that directed the flight to the Canadian border. So standing today in Canada I am linked with the history of my people and its unity with your past.

The original publication of Conscience for Change is out of print. The complete lectures can be found in The Lost Massey Lectures published by House of Anansi.


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Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. relaxes at home with his wife Coretta and first child Yolanda in May 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama.


Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell,
Charles Mingus, Max Roach

(Toronto, Ontario 1953)



MEKA’S DREAM: A Poem by Anita Endrezze’s Sleepy Cat

Friday, January 11th, 2013



  Anita Endrezze

“The snazziest concrete poem I’ve read this year.”
— Al Young

  Anita Endrezze

“meka sleepy on my computer” [Anita Endrezze in a Facebook message]











“My cat wrote this as she tried to sleep with paws on computer.”
Anita Endrezze


She’s only a year old and already a famous poet!

She started sleeping next to my computer vent (where it’s warm) when she was so small. And now she’s almost too big to fit on table edge where I sit and not cover my computer. In the other photo, she sits up on top of the kitchen cabinet when I’m working in the kitchen. She was so proud of herself when she managed to get up there about 6 months ago. We got her when she was 9 weeks old. She had been abandoned with her brother at a rest stop, rescued by a lady trucker, and then taken to a pet sanctuary to get ready for adoption.

Maybe she was dreaming of the sssssss sound tires make on wet pavement.

Visit author/artist Anita Endrezze’s website


¬† “Nica’s Dream” (Horace Silver, composer) | Hank Jones Trio | Hank Jones, piano; George Mraz, bass; Billy Kilson, drums | Tokyo Jazz Festival 2008


Conyus: DECEMBER 26, 2012

Thursday, January 10th, 2013



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For years the legendary San Francisco poet Conyus has composed a 26th of December poem. This year he honors and cautions us with his latest.

DECEMBER 26, 2012

A death wraps around the earth,
in Newtown, Oakland and Kabul.
A murderer bent on killing with drones and 
assault rifles on the first Noel
or the last day of Hanukkah.
A death blanket of pain and suffering
that covers the world in sadness with
memories of children mutilated or murdered
in school or homes by the Taliban or Janjaweed
after service or before eucharist.  
In West Oakland Eskimos attend funerals
for the polar bear and other endangered species
killed along Martin Luther King Blvd and
the Black Panther Trail of Tears.
Vatican City. The Pope presides
over pedophile priests who welcome
young parishioners to communion  
in six languages on their knees with wine and cheese.
Moslems and Christians sing threnodies in Cree,
Somali and Lakota along the Little Big Horn,
and the moonlit road to Mogadishu and Darfur.
On Wall Street the merchants of death
close on xmas the business of genocide and fashion

and reopen the next day with a big sale
on arms in Jalalabad and Manhattan.
Young choir boys in blood stained robes
sing handgun solos in Spanish, Arabic, and English
at Mosques, Synagogues and Churches
in Detroit, Nogales and Jerusalem. 
December, the day after xmas
and the birth of Christ;
the world is killing itself
like there is no tomorrow
or another dawn
of morning light

— Conyus
San Francisco

© 2012 | All rights reserved




DMQ Review / Fall 2012 Issue

Saturday, January 5th, 2013


DMQ Review / Fall 2012
disquieting muses quarterly

Sally Ashton,
Editor in Chief

Marjorie Manwaring

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MICHAEL NEARY © 2012 All Rights Reserved

DMQ Review is pleased to announce the release of the Fall issue featuring the poetry of Resa Alboher, C. Dylan Bassett, Darren Demaree, Mary Donnelly, Bradley Harrison, Mark Heinlein, Lucas Jacob, Craig Kurtz, Cynthia Manick, Jill McDonough, Laura Orem, and Peter Jay Shippy, with artwork by Michael Neary


Associate Editors
Arlene Kim, W. Todd Kaneko, Anne M. Doe Overstreet

Assistant Editor
Joe Ahearn

Poet’s Bookshelf Editor
Peter Davis


DMQ Review / Summer 2012

DMQ Review / Spring 2012

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