Seattle Reads 2014: If You Like Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" -- Poetry
Annotation:This collection contains the poem, "Praise Song for the Day," read by Elizabeth Alexander at the first inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.
Annotation:Before being selected as the 2013 inaugural poet, Blanco published three award-winning poetry collections that examine cultural identity. See also "Directions to the Beach of the Dead" and "City of a Hundred Fires."
Annotation:Corral, an award-winning poet, explores his Chicano and gay identities in this collection of vivid, magical poems. He sometimes enters dark territory, but never loses his way back to the light.
Annotation:In these poems, Finney merges the personal, the biographical and the political to create fascinating portraits of emblematic figures of our time. A perfect example is her mother’s wedding waltz with Strom Thurmond.
Annotation:Witnessing firsthand in Richland, Washington how government assurances can be misleading, former state poet-laureate Flenniken uses poetry to tell the powerful story of a community coming to terms with harmful forces.
Annotation:In this compilation of Frost's work you will find the inaugural poem, "The Gift Outright," and other poetry by one of America's most-loved poets.
Annotation:Award-winning African-American poet Komunyakaa offers a rich tapestry of imagery in this collection; music, history, mythology, culture and urbanism each have their place.
Annotation:Lee, a Chinese-American born in Indonesia, is known for the spiritual beauty of his poetry, as well as his sensual and humorous sides. Here he recounts how experiences of disorientation and assimilation can shape families.
Annotation:This book is dedicated to Nye’s Palestinian father, and she is open about her longing and love for him. Nye’s poetic language is so natural it feels like a friend speaking with you.
Annotation:Oliver’s minute and exquisite observations of the natural world call upon each of us to pay attention to the beauty available in the small moments in our lives.
Annotation:Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poet, the fifth in history, the youngest, first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay writer to hold the honor. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the poem, “One Today,” and reflects on his life-changing role as a public voice after the inauguration.
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Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" is the 2014 Seattle Reads selection. In addition to these reading suggestions, you can find the complete reading group guide here: http://goo.gl/B7VU4.