first openly gay individual,
(so many firsts)
to read at a Presidential inauguration.
We came by the hundreds to hear:
impressed by the sweet beauty of
The breathtaking scope of
Poems that capture so many feelings,
even his dispair over hearing
his grandmother's advice to
"not pee sitting down."
First poet, he,
The first to be a star,
to pack a hall in Durham for poetry.
To proclaim the joys of his hometown library.
A library where his dreams took flight,
among books on opera and Picasso.
Five hundred of us were
mesmerized by Blanco.
In Durham, North Carolina,
at the Carolina Theatre.
On October 13, 2013.