For inaugural poet, a journey home to America

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

MIAMI (AP) — In the three weeks Richard Blanco had to write the poetry he recited at President Barack Obama's inauguration last January, he was forced to re-examine his relationship with his family's adopted country.

A Cuban-American who grew up in Miami, the 45-year-old Blanco said he came to realize immigrants stories like that of his mother are America tales.

Blanco has a book out, "For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey," that includes the inaugural poem and tells about his road to the inaugural reading. Blanco became the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet.

He says the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed 26 lives probably affected him most in writing the poem, "One Today," describing the mosaic of America united under "one sky, our sky."

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