by Richard Blanco
Reviewed by Cyndi:
This new volume from Richard Blanco, the Presidential Inaugural Poet for Barack Obama, wrestles with complex and challenging aspects of our nation. He tackles issues such as immigration, gender, race, and sexuality by grounding these themes in his own personal experiences as a Latinx, immigrant, and gay man. Blanco believes poetry is for everyone and has devoted much of his career to bring poetry to the unlikeliest of venues. While on the surface it may appear that this book is only for a select few, in truth everyone will be able to relate to at least one of the poems in this thought-provoking and deeply moving collection.