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Richard Blanco is quite handsome.

And I like his poem.

by Anonymousreply 8501/22/2013

it is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 101/21/2013

Comically bad.

And he has protease face.

by Anonymousreply 201/21/2013

One sky

by Anonymousreply 301/21/2013

R2 = Maya Angelou

by Anonymousreply 401/21/2013


by Anonymousreply 501/21/2013

Poetry doesn't have to be insipid, bland, perfunctory, and self-lampooning, but it always manages to be!

by Anonymousreply 601/21/2013

I thought it was quite nice, I appreciate the work of words.

by Anonymousreply 701/21/2013

R5. Yes, of course. He's a civilized human being.

by Anonymousreply 801/21/2013

Despite his ginormous ears and age-inappropriate hairstyle, I think he's an attractive guy. That said, his "poem" was laughably bad. It was schizophrenic pablum that was immediately forgettable.

Unfortunately, there have only been 3 Inaugural Poets. History will forever remember Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, but Richard Blanco ensures that he's only be remembered as a token selection---chosen as a representative of gays and Hispanics rather than his talent.

by Anonymousreply 901/21/2013

Personally, I think Maya Angelou's poetry is nothing to right home about. She's a pretentious old biddy.

by Anonymousreply 1001/21/2013

I feel an "Oh dear" coming on...

by Anonymousreply 1101/21/2013

Personally, I think someone who doesn't know the difference between "write" and "right" should have no credibility as a literary critic.

by Anonymousreply 1201/21/2013

His very pock-marked cheeks do not detract from his attractiveness, OP?

Were you sitting close enough to the TV?

That's good if you find that it does not diminishe his attractiveness.

He certainly was self-confident reading his poem in front of millions. He didn't seem nervous at all.

by Anonymousreply 1301/21/2013

sorry, typo, diminish

by Anonymousreply 1401/21/2013

Haven't there been four inaugral poets? 2009's by whats-her-name was truly awful.

by Anonymousreply 1501/21/2013

Read the poem. It's surprisingly good.

But I'm not surprised to find knee-jerk anti-anything gay here on DL.

by Anonymousreply 1601/21/2013

r16 nailed it. It is time for a DL break for a while. The atmosphere around has become even more toxic than election season.

by Anonymousreply 1701/21/2013

I didn't see or hear the poem, but I think DLers in particular and gay people in general are quite capable of assessing a poem's merits without regard to whether the author is gay, and don't view everything through some gay (or anti-gay) prism.

I'm a little tired of hearing I'm "anti-gay" if I criticize anything a gay person does.

by Anonymousreply 1801/21/2013

[quote] DLers in particular and gay people in general are quite capable of assessing a poem's merits

If you were to think that, you would be sorely mistaken.

by Anonymousreply 1901/21/2013

R9, and I remember that Robert Frost was an asshole who got a fellow professor fired just for being gay.

by Anonymousreply 2001/21/2013

Indeed, R19. Look no further than the Sexton/Plath thread here on DL.

by Anonymousreply 2101/21/2013

Blanco's inaugural poem was wonderful. And very appropriate for the day.

by Anonymousreply 2201/21/2013

The poem reminded me too much of Gene Hackman's monologue in The Birdcage about the joys of highway travel in the U.S.

by Anonymousreply 2301/21/2013

I think you should google for the fulltext of the poem and read it.

I think you'll find the poem much better when you read it and absorb what he is saying.

by Anonymousreply 2401/21/2013

LOL, R23. That monologue is what I think of whenever someone is boring me!

by Anonymousreply 2501/21/2013

One would think a competent poet could manage to recite his own poem in a way that doesn't induce drowsiness. But even in written form, the poem is completely forgettable (don't even get me started on the cheapness of including a passage on the Newtown tragedy).

by Anonymousreply 2601/21/2013

R20 He was pissed because the guy rejected him. He even wrote a poem about it: "The Load Not Taken."

by Anonymousreply 2701/21/2013

R25: I do that too. Gene Hackman's delivery was perfect.

by Anonymousreply 2801/21/2013

That poem that Beyonce wrote was beautiful and what a clever idea to sing it!

by Anonymousreply 2901/21/2013

Beyonce is a goddess.

by Anonymousreply 3001/21/2013

I know DL seems to hate Beyonce, but she's really very beautiful in the pictures at R30's link.

by Anonymousreply 3101/21/2013

Check out me looking all modelly bitches. You know you want me!

by Anonymousreply 3201/21/2013

OP, I completely agree. Not only was he handsome and confident, but his poem was expansive, inspiring and lovely.

By the way, I love that Maya Angelou was NOT selected. The country has so many unappreciated writers and poets, I hate that the same uninspired choices usually chosen.

by Anonymousreply 3301/21/2013

[quote]And he has protease face.

No, that's not true R2. You weren't even looking at Richard Blanco. Your syphilitic brain disease had you looking in your mirror instead of at the TV.

by Anonymousreply 3401/21/2013

He's openly poz so "protease" face isn't exactly an insult.

by Anonymousreply 3501/21/2013

It's obvious that the Freeper meant it as an insult.

by Anonymousreply 3601/21/2013

"Mr Bianco was conceived in Cuba"

Aye papi, aye!

by Anonymousreply 3701/21/2013

Richard Blanco is Cuban; born in Madrid, Spain in 1968.

In the poem "Queer Theory, According to My Grandmother," he described how his grandmother warned him as a young boy: "For God’s sake, never pee sitting down.../I’ve seen you" and "Don't stare at The Six-Million-Dollar Man./I’ve seen you." and "Never dance alone in your room."

by Anonymousreply 3801/21/2013

Agree, OP. No matter the flippintry here, as with R22, Blanco's poem was "expansive, inspiring and lovely." I was glad to see him confident, rather handsome. He certainly acquitted himself well. What a fine moment for him!

by Anonymousreply 3901/21/2013

R33, Maya Angelou would not be chosen by Obama - she already provided a poem for either Carter or Clinton on inauguration day and recited it.

by Anonymousreply 4001/21/2013

[quote] Maya Angelou would not be chosen by Obama - she already provided a poem for either Carter or Clinton on inauguration day and recited it.

Pussy hound. Big Hillary supporter.

by Anonymousreply 4101/21/2013

[quote]Personally, I think someone who doesn't know the difference between "write" and "right" should have no credibility as a literary critic.

Go and douche. Your pussy stinks worse than my spelling.

by Anonymousreply 4201/21/2013

R38. Great post quoting Blanco's grandmother:

"For God’s sake, never pee sitting down.../I’ve seen you" and "Don't stare at The Six-Million-Dollar Man./I’ve seen you." and "Never dance alone in your room."

by Anonymousreply 4301/21/2013

Someone who uses such tired phrases as "nothing to [write] home about" shouldn't really be critiquing someone else's use of language.

by Anonymousreply 4401/21/2013

Oh get off your high horse. Shit happens when typing quickly.

by Anonymousreply 4501/21/2013

I think he did a great job reading it - and he is handsome - but the poem was very basic in nearly all regards. I think that that's a limitation of the occasion, though... He has to appeal to all the dullards out there, and not to an audience that would appreciate fine poetry.

by Anonymousreply 4601/21/2013

I can never forget how horrible that poem Maya Angelou wrote for Clinton's inauguration was.

She is a wonderful memoirist and essayist, but a terrible poet.

by Anonymousreply 4701/21/2013

[quote]the poem was very basic in nearly all regards

Agreed. It didn't soar.

by Anonymousreply 4801/21/2013

I looked at his face again. He doesn't have pock-marks - he has some sort of ravaging.

by Anonymousreply 4901/21/2013

Richard Blanco was just interviewed by Anderson Cooper. Anderson seemed so "connected" to Blanco - and I just don't mean he was sexually attracted to him; but it was a great interview.

by Anonymousreply 5001/21/2013

I saw that too R50, AC seemed very proud of him and he's been talking a lot about the President including Stonewall in his speech.

by Anonymousreply 5101/21/2013

It's a difficult job to write an inaugural poem.

The poem has to be widely accessible but avoid banality. It has to reveal the poet's voice and personal stamp but only in the most humble and self-effacing way as it is a national not a personal anthem. It has to be patriotically rhapsodic while avoiding insipid jingoism and the trite generality of packaged Americana.

Blanco did a fantastic job.

by Anonymousreply 5201/21/2013

Link to text and/or video?

by Anonymousreply 5301/21/2013

Nonsense R52. The job of a poet laureate is to create ART. Nothing else matters.

by Anonymousreply 5401/21/2013

Just saw his face close-up during the entire Anderson Cooper interview of him.

And yes, indeed, he is handsome. (the lighting on the inaugural podium must have been weird for him because he looks a million times better in the Anderson Cooper interview)

He has a very nice face. No ravaging.

by Anonymousreply 5501/21/2013

Sorry, R54, but R52 nailed it.

by Anonymousreply 5601/21/2013

Beautiful stranger.

by Anonymousreply 5701/21/2013

Don't hate my poem!

by Anonymousreply 5801/21/2013

He's not handsome at all.

by Anonymousreply 5901/21/2013

[quote]It's a difficult job to write an inaugural poem.

Then don't do it.

by Anonymousreply 6001/21/2013

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 6101/21/2013

Good god.

by Anonymousreply 6201/21/2013

Miami Cuban, with exiled parents = Republican

by Anonymousreply 6301/21/2013

"The job of a poet laureate is to create ART. Nothing else matters."

True, but yesterday he was not serving as our poet laureate. He is a poet reading an occasional poem to be heard by millions of people and immediately grasped.

And the fact that what he produced was easily accessible does not make it other than art.

You are confusing obfuscation with a posited requisite sophistication.

No one critical of the poem has said anything concrete about what was flawed with it. Why not argue why it was unartful instead of these ad hominem attacks? That is, if you have a genuine opinion.

by Anonymousreply 6401/22/2013

Natasha Trethewey is the poet laureate.

by Anonymousreply 6501/22/2013

it didn't rhyme too good

by Anonymousreply 6601/22/2013

Nice hairy forearms

by Anonymousreply 6701/22/2013

I just saw a clip of him talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN. He was dressed in a tuxedo, and looked really, really good.

by Anonymousreply 6801/22/2013

Anderson interviewed him last night. Blanco is even sexier than when he read his poem. Very well spoken.

Love him!

by Anonymousreply 6901/22/2013

Continuing on the tour, he was just interviewed by Thomas Roberts.

When is MY turn???

by Anonymousreply 7001/22/2013

Does his latin heat makes you nervous?

by Anonymousreply 7101/22/2013

He's good looking, in that Cubanesque kind of way. Fucking gorgeous hair.

by Anonymousreply 7201/22/2013

Dyes his hair, yes? Sometimes silver. Now, not so much...

by Anonymousreply 7301/22/2013

I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree

by Anonymousreply 7401/22/2013

The one text of the poem. So annoying, the Newtown massacre which nobody will remember, the odd personal slash at useless fathers apparently referring to the president's, the bizarre image of the moon tapping on everybody's window, the germy feel of "one breath," the coded(?) reference to rainbows and fruits, the tawdry commonplace of one sky and trite star mapping....Richard, Richard, you shoulda had a vodka tonic before you sat down to write what your mother rang up groceries and your cut sugar cane (not in America) so you could do.

by Anonymousreply 7501/22/2013

Jealous bitches.

by Anonymousreply 7601/22/2013

[quote] the bizarre image of the moon tapping on everybody's window

That's actually pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 7701/22/2013

The moon taps at nobody's window. It's an obvious failed mixed metaphor.

by Anonymousreply 7801/22/2013

R78, the moon taps at lots of windows. It just doesn't tap on yours because you're so fat.

by Anonymousreply 7901/22/2013

Is there such a thing as a properly done mixed metaphor, R78?

by Anonymousreply 8001/22/2013

Wow that's really advanced commentary R79. Walter Banjamin had nothing on you.

by Anonymousreply 8101/22/2013

Of course if Blanco was referring to his own father's inadequacies he was reinforcing the absent father stereotype of gays as well as undercutting the sugar cane commentary. Presumably he should have more fruits lined up in his rainbow to more accurately reflect the rainbow flag. Probably cut out on the final draft.

by Anonymousreply 8201/22/2013

Well, R81, this is Datalounge, home of pointless bitchery, and there's no Walter "Banjamin" here.

by Anonymousreply 8301/22/2013

R77 Sounds like he'd just watched "The Owl and the Pussycat."

"The sun spits morning into Julian's face ..."

by Anonymousreply 8401/22/2013

Except that was a successful mixed metaphor by comparison.

by Anonymousreply 8501/22/2013
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