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Poet Richard Blanco



Poet Richard Blanco will be my special guest in the WRFR Rockland/Camden, Maine radio station tomorrow, Tuesday, May 29th from 6 pm to 7 pm. If you are not in the local listening area, you can stream the live show globally from WRFR.org. Please tune your FM dial to 93.3 Rockland/99.3 Camden.

He will be reading from his latest work, Boundaries, a collaborative effort with landscape photographer Jacob Hessler. The work has been on exhibit at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Read more about the book in The Portland Press Herald.

Selected by President Obama as the fifth US presidential inaugural poet, he joined the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role, he read his inaugural poem, “One Today,” at the official ceremony.

Blanco has said he was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States – as his mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. Only forty-five days later the family immigrated once more and settled in Miami, where he was raised and educated. The negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging characterize his body of work.

Blanco is the author of several poetry collections and the memoirs The Prince of Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island. Among his many awards and honors was the Academy of American Poets naming him as its first Education Ambassador in 2015.  He has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the US embassy in Havana. He lives with his partner in Bethel, Maine. Visit him at www.richard-blanco.com.

Every Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm, 21st Century Bohemian transmits an insightful, inspirational and celebratory exploration of creativity over the local airwaves, through the voices and creative process of various artists, musicians and writers.

For more information on the 21st Century Bohemian program and the many other community radio offerings from WRFR in Rockland, please visit wrfr.org. The station celebrates its 16th anniversary this year and offers community radio programming from an all-volunteer roster of DJs and hosts. Our diverse and varied schedule offers something for everyone!


Oneness of Humanity


Thanks to anyone who tuned into my show on the Hero’s Journey earlier! Didn’t have time to play this Grateful Dead song but wanted to share it with you. Ripple by The Grateful Dead.

The band was influenced by Joseph Campbell’s work and invited him to a concert in the mid-80s. Here is what Joseph Campbell said about that experience:

“I got something there that made me note that this is magic. And it’s magic for the future. They hit a level of humanity that makes everybody at one with each other. It doesn’t matter about this race thing, this age thing, I mean, everything else dropped out.”

(from The Hero’s Journey, published in 2003 by New World Library)

“The wonderful thing was, compared to the Hitler rallies that you see in the film (The Hero’s Journey) that were used to a political purpose, here it was just the experience of the identity of everybody with everybody else. I was carried away in a rapture. And so I am a Deadhead now.”

Perhaps that “future” is now, and that sense of the magical oneness of humanity is the elixir so desperately needed in America right now. May that sense of unity ripple through our culture.

Perhaps this is how we carry the myth forward, to make it our reality, and heal.