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An Interview With The Inauguration's Gay Poet, Richard Blanco: VIDEO


As Washington and the world prepares for President Obama's second inauguration, PBS' Jeffrey Brown invited Richard Blanco, the gay poet reading his work at the event Monday, on to discuss and perform his work.

If you want to get a taste of what we'll hear Monday, while also setting a relaxing yet playful tone for your Saturday, watch Blanco lay down his steady beat AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Nice guy this Richard Blanco. But, where is Robert Frost when we need him? I'll be interested to see if Blanco rises to the occasion.. and reads an insightful poem.

    Posted by: James | Jan 19, 2013 10:03:20 AM

  2. He's hot, talented, Gay and Cuban - my dream man. Great choice.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Jan 19, 2013 10:32:54 AM

  3. I loved that poem... What a terrific choice.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jan 19, 2013 10:35:55 AM

  4. What an interesting and handsome guy!

    Posted by: David | Jan 19, 2013 11:14:51 AM

  5. That was prose!

    Not that it wasn't good prose, but I can't imagine how anyone would consider it poetry.

    Posted by: WebHybrid | Jan 19, 2013 12:36:04 PM

  6. Hot damn! I can't explain it, but he makes me prouder than any gay politico you can name.

    Posted by: DrMikey | Jan 19, 2013 12:39:54 PM

  7. Crickey, he's gorgeous!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 19, 2013 1:05:26 PM

  8. That was prose alright, now you know how easy it is to write poetry.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 19, 2013 1:07:48 PM

  9. Excellent poem. Will be looking forward to hearing him on Monday.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 19, 2013 1:41:18 PM

  10. Actually, that was spoken free verse, I believe, and I thought it be astonishingly good. He managed to concisely capture and portray that moment of his family's life with elegance.

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Jan 19, 2013 1:49:28 PM

  11. There is a lot of insight in his work on what it means to be an American TODAY in the 21st Century. And free verse is every bit as poetic as iambic pentameter - and equally inspirational. I am proud that he has been chosen to represent us and all Americans at Obama's inauguration.

    Posted by: bluedogj | Jan 19, 2013 3:01:42 PM

  12. @bluedogj: "There is a lot of insight in his work on what it means to be an American TODAY in the 21st Century"

    ...and a Cuban family transitiong over. in that poem.


    Posted by: James in Toronto | Jan 19, 2013 3:25:00 PM

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