Richard Blanco assigned himself a writing prompt.
During the most divisive stretch of the presidential campaign, about six weeks before Election Day, the Miami-raised poet asked himself a simple question.
What if he, the immigrant son of Cuban parents, the first Latino and openly gay man asked to write a poem for a president’s inauguration four years ago, were asked to write a poem to read at Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump?
And so he began to write.
Blanco turned down the noise from television, radio and the internet and turned up his inner monologue.
“You can’t help but put yourself back in those shoes and ask, ‘How would you approach a poem in this situation?’” Blanco said.
After months of wrestling with what started as an exercise, he will publish his new poem, “Declaration of Inter-Dependence” on Friday at the poetry site SplitThisRock.org. He shared an exclusive excerpt with the Miami Herald.
“We’re them. They’re you. You’re me ... . We’re a poem in progress,” his newest work opens.
Photo credit: Jose A. Iglesias, el Nuevo Herald