Homeland of My Body: New and Selected Poems


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Beacon Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Richard Blanco is the recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He has received awards for several of his books, including the poetry collections How To Love a County and Looking for The Gulf Motel, and memoirs For All of Us, One Today and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. He was selected by Barack Obama as the 5th presidential inaugural poet in US history. He was named as the American Academy of Poets first-ever education ambassador. Connect with him online: richard-blanco.com, Twitter (rblancopoet), Facebook (RichardBlancoPoetry), and Instagram (poetrichardblanco).


"Tender and introspective. . . . An exceptional mid-career snapshot of a trailblazing poet's remarkable journey."--Booklist

"What a gift, this new gathering of poems from the singular Richard Blanco. A cause for rejoicing!"--Krista Tippett, author of Being Wise and host of On Being

"Blanco's poems are journeys to a homeland within the heart, a welcome homecoming earned from a lifetime's wise voyaging."--Sandra Cisneros

"Richard Blanco's Homeland of My Body is a triumphant anthem to a rich life in all its ages and awakenings. 'What should I do? / Every thing.' These stunning new poems, astonishing in their generosity, cradle so many long-loved ones, that a full, new world is created--not broken into parts at all, but wholly realized, and utterly moving."--Naomi Shihab Nye

"A masterful poet who is clear-eyed and full of heart, Blanco explores the country's haunted past while offering a bright hope for the future."--Ada Limón

"What I love about Blanco's work is the lustiness of the poems; they have bodies, there's such sensuality to the language, such flexibility to the line; and they display such delight in form, an unapologetic love for the world. He has become a poet who sings for all of us with the inclusivity and passion of a Whitman and the particularity and absorption in the quotidian of a Wil­liam Carlos Williams, the street smarts of a Langston Hughes, the oratorical grandness of an MLK."--Julia Alvarez

"There is a uniting oneness to these passionate and remarkable poems, each finely wrought line a bridge from one heart to another, a love song of this burdened earth and all its flawed inhabitants. Richard Blanco is this century's Walt Whitman."--Andre Dubus III

"Richard Blanco writes about the elusive poundingness of love."--Eileen Myles

"In these times of hate, we need poets who speak of love."--Martín Espada