Our conversation with Richard Blanco continues. Blanco is the first Latino, first immigrant, and first openly gay poet to read an original work in front of hundreds of thousands at a presidential inauguration. He shares with Alan his thoughts about ethnicity, place, and belonging. He humbly includes what he is grateful for.
Richard Blanco is only the fifth poet in U.S. history to be selected Inaugural Poet to the President. He shares with Alan his thoughts on the event and reads a poem he'd written for the Inaugural Committee which was not selected for the occasion. With the pithy understanding of someone anchored in two cultures, he observes that immigrants may be more patriotic than natives.