Thursday, January 17, 2013

From the Reading Room to Capital Hill

Next Monday, January 21, Richard Blanco will stand in front of the nation to deliver an inaugural poem honoring President Barack Obama, as he is sworn in at the 57th inaugural ceremonies. Only a few months ago, poet Richard Blanco stood on a stage of a very different kind as part of Word for Word Poetry in the Bryant Park Reading Room sponsored by HSBC.

President Obama chose Richard Blanco as his inaugural poet because his “deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American.” (NYTimes) After next Monday, Richard Blanco will join the ranks of past inaugural poets, Maya Angelou and Robert Frost. Get a sense of his style with a video clip from his reading in the park.

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