Friday, February 14, 2020

My Night Out

I went to a poetry reading at the gorgeous Selby Library in Sarasota. The tickets were free online but I would have happily paid.  Poetry readings are to me what musical concerts are to some.

The poet for this event was Richard Blanco who was the inaugural poet at Obama's second, well attended inauguration. He immigrated from Cuba with his family at the age of 45 days. Fortunately, children were not locked in cages in those days.


His poetry came after a first career as a civil engineer -- not a combination I would have ever imagined but he made it work.

And he is not hard to look at/listen to.



9 comments:

  1. Oh yes, he is nice to look at. I have never read him or heard his poetry other than at the inauguration. I may look into him more now. Thanks.

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  2. What a great life he has had in the USA. It is a land of opportunity, which is why so many people want to migrate to the USA.

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  3. You are right, he isn't hard to look at. Smiled at the reference to Obama's well attended inauguration.

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  4. Hahaha. A little snarky there - I love it. Now that you say it, I could see where poetry could be music to your ears.

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  5. I was not aware of Richard Blanco and really haven't given much attention to poetry for years now, but on this urging of this post, I Googled, and found a list of his poetry. I clicked in the first one "Election Year". Oh my goodness. I am smitten. This man knows gardening as well as political struggle. Find it and read it. You'll love it.

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  6. Definitely a good looking man. I'll have to look up his poetry and read some for myself.

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  7. Cool ... I know there are a lot of good cultural opportunities in Sarasota. Good for you to take advantage of them!

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  8. I love it, an engineer and poet! What a combination. For those who would like to learn more about Blanco may I suggest his interview with Krista Tippett on NPR's On Being podcast:

    https://onbeing.org/programs/richard-blanco-how-to-love-a-country/


    He definitely has a wonderful sense of humor. It is great that you got to see him in person.

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  9. From engineer to poet! I love it. I’m going to have to google him too.

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