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‘Son of Miami’ Richard Blanco, the gay Cuban-American inaugural poet, has homecoming

BY CONNIE OGLE, COGLE@MIAMIHERALD.COM

blanco On Inauguration Day, poet Richard Blanco belonged to the world. Friday night, he belonged to Miami.

Blanco, who grew up in Westchester, returned to his hometown for a free public appearance for the first time since he read his poem One Today at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in January. The Columbus High grad and Florida International University alum may live in frosty Maine now — a long, chilly way from where he grew up as the son of Cuban exile parents — but he understands how his roots have shaped him and his work.

“I realized how much of a son of Miami I am,” he told the appreciative crowd, which gave him not one but two standing ovations.

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