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Poet Richard Blanco has new book

6:52 PM, Nov 24, 2013   |    comments
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BETHEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Inaugural poet Richard Blanco has written a new book based on his experiences leading up to the inauguration. Blanco's fame has risen significantly since he was chosen for the honor.

He is the youngest, the first immigrant and the first openly gay Inaugural Poet. He joins Robert Frost and Maya Angelou in that honor.

"The book begins, obviously, with the moment I got the phone call," said Blanco while relaxing at his Bethel home. 

"I had visions in my head of dancing at the ball, and I envisioned the ball to be a sit-down dinner, and at the ball having a little Salsa dance with the first Lady, perhaps sharing a drink with the President or having him tell me what he thought of the poem earlier in the day, but it was nothing like that," he said.

His poem, "One Today" was a hit. It launched him to a very busy two years of readings and appearances all over North America.

Blanco's new book, "For All of Us, One Today" hits book stores Tuesday.

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