all of us as vital as the one light we move throughPosted on October 8th, 2020
REHMTell us about your background, Richard Blanco. One light waking up rooftops. Now, I don't know to this day, and I don't know if that's just sort of the unwritten protocol of this whole sort of selection process. What happened was, you know, as I was sort of going through the emotional inventory of writing the poem and of sort of connecting with what I was going to do in the poem and, you know, what was the angle. Face to Face: Relating in a Changed World . We just have a lot of misconceptions about it. told by our silent gestures moving behind windows. One was the outcome, the emotional outcome of all of this is sort of this sense that I've, again, you know, a lot of my work has been about what's home, what's belonging, where do I belong, you know, where is that magical place. I was driving on the way back home to Maine from just visiting, actually, a middle school in Connecticut. Her hand clutched around one suitcase, taking only what she needs most, hand-colored photographs of her family, her wedding veil, the doorknob of her house, a jar of dirt from her backyard, goodbye letters she won't open for years. And then, the other piece would be maybe him sitting around with the first family at dinner reading the poems. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
All of us, as vital as the one light we move through, the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day, equations to solve, history to question or atoms imagined. the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day: equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined, or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won't explain, the empty desks of twenty children marked absent, today, and forever. I have a dream. Hear it. So then I went on to the third poem, which I said -- well, I gave myself a little more room. I need to understand this poem. From one degree of this glory to another, in a manner worthy of his almighty Spirit. My father also came with his entire family. Let's open the phones, 800-433-8850. And that was the first one. We keep dreaming or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won't explain the empty desks of 20 children marked absent today and forever. The mountains shrink from her eyes as she lifts off into another life.". So just had to sort of simmer down.
So we contacted the Spanish embassy and they said, "Well, he's not a Spanish citizen," because in Spain you actually have to apply for citizenship, even though you're born there. And myself as an example having grown up even as I did get here when I was 45 days old but still, I missed being able to be president by 45 days. And I realized that this is where I belong. • It was a poem that was more of a typical Richard poem. I was so excited to hear this gentleman was your guest today, that I actually stopped my holiday cookie baking extravaganza just to sit down and listen. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk, of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat, and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills, in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands, digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands.
3:18 And, accordingly, all we that believe in him, beholding as in a glass - In the mirror of the gospel. And I realized that home was here all along, that it was in my backyard. Copyright 2013. The whole subject of the Apocalypse is so treated,  in the Speaker's Commentary, as to elucidate many questions suggested by the primitive commentators of this series, and to furnish the latest judgments of critics on the subject. REHMHow could you do that very quickly? 2.
BLANCOAnd my mother worked since I can remember. It's titled, "Mother Country."
And the vision of moving forward to me is that America, I think we'll get there.
I am the first openly gay person. The first one I wrote, which is in the book -- and these have never been published, the other two, so I'm very excited about them -- was "What We Know of Country. And so I realize all I had to do with "One Today" is approach it with the same love and the openness and the intimacy that I would as if I were writing a poem about my mother. Hadn't seen her and wasn't able to go back then to Cuba, even to attend a funeral or see her grave or anything. They -- the White House, in their language they say, we prefer one today. And then, by the time I grew up -- I grew up around my, basically, mostly my entire family, the relatives and uncles and aunts and all that. Can a poem make someone fall in love with you? BLANCOCertainly. It's true, but isn't that what life is all about?
And I never realized that it was a cultural microcosm in the United States until I left Miami on a trip to Washington, D.C., where I spent a week with my school on a trip learning about Washington, D.C. and the government and how things work. "To love a country as if you've lost one. REHMRichard, I also wonder about your feelings on being described as the first gay poet to read at the inauguration. But my mother worked, first, as in the poem, as a checkout girl at my uncle's grocery store. BLANCOAnd I think if we take a step back and think, if you had to get on a plane tomorrow right out of your city and turn your back and say, I will never see this country again, how might we think about and appreciate where we live a little bit differently. BLANCOAnd so, ironically, my very first assignment in graduate school by Professor Campbell McGrath was: Write a poem about America. through the day's gorgeous din of honking cabs, buses launching down avenues, the symphony. Tuesday, Sep 29 2020Diane talks with Ruth Marcus, deputy editorial page editor and columnist for The Washington Post, about filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. BLANCOAnd the inaugural experience and everything that's happened including -- my mother grew up in a dirt-floor home in Cuba and was sitting next to me on that platform within arm's reach of the President of the United States. The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains, mingled by one wind–our breath. BLANCOOh, definitely. BLANCOI don't -- you know, I have a debate that a lot of people resist labels and I'm not sure why because I would understand that this is all that would be talked about. can someone help me with my poem? And this is the difference between Cuban and perhaps other Latino groups in America. REHMBut how beautiful the mystery of that moment of receiving that call -- of being told to submit not one, but three poems. Send an email to DRShow@wamu.org. And they liked it. I am afraid for Zahid to learn too much of our language. And at the end of the day we have to look towards those ideals. You know, I have this concept of what is cultural sexuality so that you can't separate who I am as Cuban as who I am as a gay man as who I am as an engineer and a poet. BLANCOOh my gosh, certainly. And we hold America, you know, a higher standard say, we did all this so we're constantly sort of -- our eyes always on the great things about America.
The glory of the Lord - His glorious love. BLANCOAnd we remember, even as children, sort of picking up on that loneliness, on that sense of desperation.
I don't want anybody to take those stories away from me.
And that's part of what is echoed in the inaugural poem "One Today.". How long does it ordinarily take? Richard, so good to be with you. 1. We all survive off the efforts of others—even if those efforts are invisible to us. The palm trees wave goodbye as she steps onto the plane. Pencil yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights, fruit stands, apples, limes and oranges arrayed like rainbows begging our praise.
And they're all ghosts, but they're family. Blanco also became the first Latino, the first immigrant and the first openly gay man to address the nation on Inauguration Day. One Today. BLANCOBut because of the language barrier she never picked it up again. Zahid gives but a crumb in plates of gold As best his lines are only such in verse But look, our adept friends, their pens would hold Full loaves, but wormy, as their lines were terse. Blanco's literary bio and background information about the poem are also included below. BLANCOAnd so I was -- had to ask those questions honestly to write an honest poem. And that all sort of happens together to create the complexity of any human being, and my complexity in particular. But I never really left Miami. BLANCOWell, I don't know if my partner, Mark, had because of course the emails -- we crashed like three Gmail accounts from messages coming in. And then I wrote one today which was triggered more by the Sandy Hook tragedy and of course other elements. For if the ministration of death came with glory, how shall not rather the ministration of the Spirit be with glory? To educate is a wonderful thing, as an example.
I don't mind saying, hey listen, this is what it's like to be Cuban. And I suspect that he might have read some of your work during one of his late night readings and just said, I like this guy. Love is also when we pluck the thorns out of our own flesh, one-by-one. Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. BLANCONo. Thank you for taking my call.
And I felt so much a part of that that it opened up this emotional door for me to say, this is my country. Yeah. All of us. I am -- the first Latino. We've got a caller in Annandale, Va. Hi there, Nancy. who really -- you know, who really had some great advice. That's lovely of you to say. REHMAnd you and I share that since my mother came to this country without any of her friends, relatives, whereas my father came here with his entire family. The Ministry of the New Covenant"Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men; being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God: not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh.
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