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Blanco Will Draft Poem for 'Boston Strong' Event

May 29, 2013


Cuban-American Poet Richard Blanco and Obama.

Richard Blanco, the most recent inaugural poet, will pen an original poem for the "Boston Strong" event to be held Thursday.

Blanco, a Cuban-American also recently met with President Obama to discuss what Blanco's words meant to Obama, the nation and the historic day itself. He was the first Hispanic person to recite a poem at the swearing-in ceremony.

Blanco read his original poem, "One Today" (read here) at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

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"What an amazing honor and experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am grateful the president made time to meet with me and my partner Mark," said Blanco, who is openly gay. "It was a very intimate moment in which we discussed many topics. But I am mostly glad that I was able to thank him personally for my selection as inaugural poet."

To honor the Boston bombing victims, Blanco's original poem is titled "Boston Strong," and it will be read at Boston Strong: An evening of Support and Celebration in Boston. The fundraising event will feature Aerosmith, James Taylor, New Kids on the Block, Jimmy Buffett and the Dropkick Murphys, among other acts.

All proceeds going to The One Fund, supporting the victims of the attack.

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