Posts Tagged: Richard Blanco

Notable Los Angeles: 4/16–4/22

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Literary events and readings in and around L.A. this week!

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What to Read When You’re Thinking about Florida

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In celebration of our Floridian friends and family, we’ve compiled a list of great books that take place in, engage with, or otherwise visit the “Sunshine state.”

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Against Hatred

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We poets do not believe the world belongs to us. Our existence is a miracle, and yet we know our world is limited.

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The Rumpus Interview with Les Standiford

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Prolific writer and Director of the FIU Creative Writing Program Les Standiford takes a look back at his career in books, including Water to the Angels and Bringing Adam Home, and tells us what’s next.

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Notable NYC: 9/27–10/3

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Saturday 9/27: Dylan Landis reads Rainey Royal (September 2014). BookCourt, 7 p.m., free. Anselm Berrigan, Sapphire, and Katrin Tschirgi celebrate the release of the latest issue of Washington Square. NYU Creative Writers House, 7 p.m., free. Sunday 9/28: Melissa Adamo, Alex Norcia, Melissa Swantkowski, and Dana Jaye Cadman celebrate the two year anniversary of English Kills […]

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: A Poet and a President

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A funny thing happened on the way to President Obama’s second inauguration Monday. The president’s speech and Richard Blanco’s poem got reversed. Broadly speaking, one’s expectations of political rhetoric is that, at its worst, it reduces complex argument to slogans and platitudes or, at its best, that it singles out constituencies and individual citizens in […]

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Presidential Poetics

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“I always say poetry is the only job in the world that when someone says, ‘You made me cry,’ you say, ‘Thank you.’ To be genuinely moved by the poem is the most incredible honor.” The other day, the Poetry Foundation sat down with inaugural poet Richard Blanco to talk about all things poetry and […]

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Viva Richard Blanco!

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As of today the question of whether President Barack Obama or former Governor Mitt Romney won the Cuban vote in Florida, traditionally a solid Republican bloc, remains in dispute. Back in early November exit polls had the president with 51%. If accurate, that was a major surprise and a major breakthrough. It’s silly, I know, […]

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