On Thanksgiving: Richard Blanco, U.S. Inaugeral Poet

Richard Blanco (born February 15, 1968) is an American poet, public speaker, author and civil engineer. He is the fifth poet to read at a United States presidential inauguration, having read for Barack Obama’s second inauguration. He is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. (Wikipedia)

Here is the Thanksgiving excerpt from his poem America:

A week before Thanksgiving
I explained to my abuelita
about the Indians and the Mayflower,
how Lincoln set the slaves free;
I explained to my parents about
the purple mountain’s majesty,
“one if by land, two if by sea”
the cherry tree, the tea party,
the amber waves of grain,
the “masses yearning to be free”
liberty and justice for all, until
finally they agreed:
this Thanksgiving we would have turkey,
as well as pork.

Here is an excerpt from his new book, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, with a Thanksgiving theme:

Book Excerpt: Richard Blanco’s First ‘San Giving’ | Advocate.com.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Melinda Basker
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 18:15:28

    Thanks Phern, I finally got around to reading this excerpt. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Reply

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