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Richard Blanco on the State of Poetry in the U.S. at Los Angeles Times December 10, 2013: The Los Angeles Times featured "inauguration poet," Richard Blanco, for its "Sunday Conversation" this past weekend. Blanco spoke with the Times's Irene Lacher on the occasion of the publication of his new book, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey. So how does one go about writing an inaugural poem? When I got the call, [...] by

New to the Archive January 29, 2013: We're usually reporting on all the great new new poetry that's dropped in our online archive. Today, we're mixing it up a bit to mention we have three oldies but goodies by Thomas Love Peacock (giving some TLC to TLP (sorry, couldn't resist)). We hope you dig this poem of unrequited love, "I Dug, Beneath the Cypress Shade," or if you're [...] by

Craig Santos Perez Weighs in on Dead Poetry, Rhetoric of Empire January 25, 2013: Craig Santos Perez has put to paper his own thoughts on Richard Blanco as inaugural poet for the Kenyon Review blog, while keeping in mind the reasoning behind choosing Blanco as the eventual man for the job: "Why banish poets from the empire if empire can use poets towards its own ends?" This relates to this week's conversation about poetry [...] by

Coldfront’s Open Letter to Washington Post Poetry Lover Alexandra Petri January 23, 2013: We just pointed you to Alexandra Petri's Washington Post editorial that poetry is dead. "News" travels fast, and upon waking this afternoon, we see that Coldfront's John Deming has written an open letter to Petri in response. He's got his own specific viewpoint, of course: "A requirement of political change is too much to ask of any artist." But [...] by

The National Mall, Washington, D.C. January 21, 2013: Who: Richard Blanco What: President Obama's Second Inauguration When: January 21st, 2013 Where: The National Mall, Washington, D.C. *** “Knock knock.” “Who's there?” “Inaugural poem!” That's the approach I settled on as I biked down to the National Mall this morning. A good way in, I thought, much more likely to get [...] by

One Today January 21, 2013: In case you missed Richard Blanco reading at the presidential inauguration today, here is the text to his poem: 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 [...] by

Richard Blanco in Conversation at Poets.org January 21, 2013: In anticipation of President Obama's Inauguration on January 21, the Academy of American Poets staff spoke with Richard Blanco about writing an inaugural poem, using art to mark significant occasions and the relationship between identity and poetry. In the interview, Blanco talks about returning to previous inaugural poems for inspiration, [...] by

Don’t Get Frosted, Wear Sunglasses… January 18, 2013: That's a nugget of advice to Richard Blanco, served up by David Ward at the Smithsonian as he meditates on the role of poetry in the presidential inauguration. Much skepticism exists about the role of poetry in such a public spectacle—can this marginal art rise to the occasion?, can the poem escape the orbit of propaganda?, can the poem [...] by

The Risky Business of Inaugural Poems January 10, 2013: It's not all hearts and flowers when it comes to ushering the Commander-in-Chief into office. That was as true for Horace as it will be for Richard Blanco, according to this Washington Post article. Ron Charles looks at the risks involved with occasional poetry. To illustrate his point, Charles spoke to a number of poetry-experts. Let's take a [...] by

And 2013′s Inaugural Poet Is…Richard Blanco January 9, 2013: The New York Times announced last night that Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco is to be President Obama's 2013 inaugural poet. "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," they write. More: On Wednesday the president’s inaugural [...] by