Cuba Through the Eyes of the Poet Richard Blanco


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Michael T. Luongo interviews poet Richard Blanco for The New York Times.

When Richard Blanco read his poem “One Today” at President Obama’ssecond inauguration in 2013, he was the first immigrant, Latino and openly gay poet to do so.

Mr. Blanco, 47, was born in Spain and raised in Miami by parents who left Fidel Castro’s Cuba. His book “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” was published last year. With Ruth Behar, a Cuban-born writer and professor at the University of Michigan, he started a blog,Bridges to/from Cuba, to foster dialogue between Cubans on the island and those of the diaspora.

He recently shared his insights about visiting Cuba as it and the United States start normalizing relations. Following are edited excerpts.

Q. Having met President Obama, what were your thoughts when you heard about the changes between the United States and Cuba?

A. I…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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