And I like his poem.
Richard Blanco is quite handsome.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||01/22/2013|
it is beautiful.
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|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/21/2013|
R2 = Maya Angelou
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|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/21/2013|
Poetry doesn't have to be insipid, bland, perfunctory, and self-lampooning, but it always manages to be!
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/21/2013|
I thought it was quite nice, I appreciate the work of words.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/21/2013|
R5. Yes, of course. He's a civilized human being.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/21/2013|
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.
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Personally, I think Maya Angelou's poetry is nothing to right home about. She's a pretentious old biddy.
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Personally, I think someone who doesn't know the difference between "write" and "right" should have no credibility as a literary critic.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 13||01/21/2013|
sorry, typo, diminish
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/21/2013|
Haven't there been four inaugral poets? 2009's by whats-her-name was truly awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/21/2013|
Read the poem. It's surprisingly good.
But I'm not surprised to find knee-jerk anti-anything gay here on DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 17||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 18||01/21/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 19||01/21/2013|
Indeed, R19. Look no further than the Sexton/Plath thread here on DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/21/2013|
Blanco's inaugural poem was wonderful. And very appropriate for the day.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 23||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 24||01/21/2013|
LOL, R23. That monologue is what I think of whenever someone is boring me!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 26||01/21/2013|
R20 He was pissed because the guy rejected him. He even wrote a poem about it: "The Load Not Taken."
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/21/2013|
R25: I do that too. Gene Hackman's delivery was perfect.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/21/2013|
That poem that Beyonce wrote was beautiful and what a clever idea to sing it!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||01/21/2013|
Beyonce is a goddess.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||01/21/2013|
I know DL seems to hate Beyonce, but she's really very beautiful in the pictures at R30's link.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||01/21/2013|
Check out me looking all modelly bitches. You know you want me!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 33||01/21/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 34||01/21/2013|
He's openly poz so "protease" face isn't exactly an insult.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/21/2013|
It's obvious that the Freeper meant it as an insult.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||01/21/2013|
"Mr Bianco was conceived in Cuba"
Aye papi, aye!
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 38||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 39||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 40||01/21/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 41||01/21/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 42||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 43||01/21/2013|
Someone who uses such tired phrases as "nothing to [write] home about" shouldn't really be critiquing someone else's use of language.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||01/21/2013|
Oh get off your high horse. Shit happens when typing quickly.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 46||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 47||01/21/2013|
[quote]the poem was very basic in nearly all regards
Agreed. It didn't soar.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||01/21/2013|
I looked at his face again. He doesn't have pock-marks - he has some sort of ravaging.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 50||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 51||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 52||01/21/2013|
Link to text and/or video?
|by Anonymous||reply 53||01/21/2013|
Nonsense R52. The job of a poet laureate is to create ART. Nothing else matters.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||01/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 55||01/22/2013|
Sorry, R54, but R52 nailed it.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||01/22/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 57||01/22/2013|
Don't hate my poem!
|by Anonymous||reply 58||01/22/2013|
He's not handsome at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||01/22/2013|
[quote]It's a difficult job to write an inaugural poem.
Then don't do it.
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|by Anonymous||reply 62||01/22/2013|
Miami Cuban, with exiled parents = Republican
|by Anonymous||reply 63||01/22/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 64||01/22/2013|
Natasha Trethewey is the poet laureate.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||01/22/2013|
it didn't rhyme too good
|by Anonymous||reply 66||01/22/2013|
Nice hairy forearms
|by Anonymous||reply 67||01/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 68||01/22/2013|
Anderson interviewed him last night. Blanco is even sexier than when he read his poem. Very well spoken.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||01/22/2013|
Continuing on the tour, he was just interviewed by Thomas Roberts.
When is MY turn???
|by Anonymous||reply 70||01/22/2013|
Does his latin heat makes you nervous?
|by Anonymous||reply 71||01/22/2013|
He's good looking, in that Cubanesque kind of way. Fucking gorgeous hair.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||01/22/2013|
Dyes his hair, yes? Sometimes silver. Now, not so much...
|by Anonymous||reply 73||01/22/2013|
I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree
|by Anonymous||reply 74||01/22/2013|
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.
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|by Anonymous||reply 76||01/22/2013|
[quote] the bizarre image of the moon tapping on everybody's window
That's actually pretty good.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||01/22/2013|
The moon taps at nobody's window. It's an obvious failed mixed metaphor.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||01/22/2013|
R78, the moon taps at lots of windows. It just doesn't tap on yours because you're so fat.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||01/22/2013|
Is there such a thing as a properly done mixed metaphor, R78?
|by Anonymous||reply 80||01/22/2013|
Wow that's really advanced commentary R79. Walter Banjamin had nothing on you.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||01/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 82||01/22/2013|
Well, R81, this is Datalounge, home of pointless bitchery, and there's no Walter "Banjamin" here.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||01/22/2013|
R77 Sounds like he'd just watched "The Owl and the Pussycat."
"The sun spits morning into Julian's face ..."
|by Anonymous||reply 84||01/22/2013|
Except that was a successful mixed metaphor by comparison.
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