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Seattle Reads 2014: If You Like Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" -- Poetry

Crave Radiance
Crave Radiance New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 By Alexander, Elizabeth (Book - 2010 ) 811.54 AL266C 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This collection contains the poem, "Praise Song for the Day," read by Elizabeth Alexander at the first inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.

On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning By Angelou, Maya (Book - 1993 ) 811.54 ANGELOU 1993 Available in some locations

Annotation:This is a bound copy of Angelou's complete poem, read on January 20, 1993, at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton.

Looking for the Gulf Motel
Looking for the Gulf Motel By Blanco, Richard (Book - 2012 ) 811.54 B598L 2012 Available in some locations

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."

Slow Lightning
Slow Lightning Poems By Corral, Eduardo C. (Book - 2012 ) 811.6 C8174S 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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.

Head Off & Split
Head Off & Split Poems By Finney, Nikky (Book - 2011 ) 811.54 F4977H 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Plume
Plume Poems By Flenniken, Kathleen (Book - 2012 ) 811.6 F63P 2012 Available in some locations

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.

The Poetry of Robert Frost
The Poetry of Robert Frost The Collected Poems By Frost, Robert (Book - 1979 ) 811.52 F9296P 1979 Available in some locations

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.

The Chameleon Couch
The Chameleon Couch Poems By Komunyakaa, Yusef (Book - 2011 ) 811.54 K8363C 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Behind My Eyes
Behind My Eyes By Lee, Li-Young (Book - 2008 ) 811.54 L5139B 2008 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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.

Transfer
Transfer Poems By Nye, Naomi Shihab (Book - 2011 ) 811.54 N984T 2011 Available in some locations

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.

A Thousand Mornings
A Thousand Mornings By Oliver, Mary (Book - 2012 ) 811.54 OL4T 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

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.

White Egrets
White Egrets Poems By Walcott, Derek (Book - 2010 ) 811.54 W142W 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Native Caribbean Walcott looks back upon his long life and meditates on the importance of place, in particular the sea, and the power of historical forces.

Some Jazz A While
Some Jazz A While Collected Poems By Williams, Miller (Book - 1999 ) 811.54 WILLIAM 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:This collection includes "Of History and Hope," the poem read by Williams at the second inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1997.

For All of Us, One Today
For All of Us, One Today An Inaugural Poet's Journey By Blanco, Richard (Book - 2013 ) B B598B 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 17 copies

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.


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