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An Evening with Richard Blanco: Best. Poetry. Reading. Ever.

Yesterday was quite the day for little Winthrop. Our own Bailey Library hosted a poetry reading by Richard Blanco, who describes himself as “[m]ade in Cuba, assembled in Spain, imported to the U.S.A.” And now Blanco lives in Bethel, Maine, which is not that far from Winthrop. 732 more words

People

Beautiful Poem Celebrates Ceremonial Opening of U.S. Embassy in Havana

Before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave his remarks at the August 14, 2015, formal opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba-American poet Richard Blanco gave a beautiful rendition of his beautiful poem that was commissioned by the U.S. 490 more words

History

Poet Returns To South Florida, Talks About Historic Cuba Trip

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — You could say it’s the poem he’s been writing his entire life.

A “hyphenated” life as Richard Blanco calls it, the life of a Cuban-American. 290 more words

News

Amid Opposition, Preps Continue For U.S. Embassy In Cuba

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — As preps are underway for the reopening of the Cuban embassy, there are mixed feelings about the American flag flying in the island nation. 276 more words

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Cuban-American Poet To Read Poem In Havana

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BETHEL, Maine (CBSMiami/AP) – Cuban-American poet, and South Florida native, Richard Blanco is going to participate in the re-opening of the U.S. 194 more words

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A Blessing For Independence Day

Our 4th of July blessing is the final two stanzas from the poem “One Today” by Richard Blanco, composed for President Obama’s second inauguration.  We are all together under one sky in this nation and in our church, with hope waiting for us to name it.  144 more words

Reflections

I think that today is a spectacular day

In honor of the Supreme Court’s ruling today I would like to post Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem delivered on January 20th, 2013. His words have special resonance on this day.

Poetry