The title Inaugural Poet only applies to five people–Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander and… Richard Blanco. Richard Blanco presented “One Today,” which you can see here, at the occasion of President Obama’s re-election. Blanco–displaced with his family from Cuba to Madrid to Miami–garnered even more widespread popularity from his appearance in a rare role at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Reedley College in Fresno County, California (but seriously, what are the odds that such a small, rural community…) has invited Blanco to read at their campus on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in the college gym starting at 7:00pm.
If technicolor discovered quantum physics, could come to understand movement and change and perpetual effects; it if endured radioactive poisoning long enough to forfeit the Nobel prize because the committee refused to recognize his wife; if it accidentally discovered champagne or that cats’ eyes were primed to respond to motion and the contours of objects; if it surved the Bolshevik Revolution by the loyalties of family and friends voraciously memorizing every poetic morpheme to give it later re-birth; if it found wonder in sonogram displays, grace in the bent corner of a used book; it would look just like Mako’s art. Almost as good, anyway.