Shaving with Richard Blanco

Embed from Getty Images Unfortunately, that headline is not followed by a photo of Richard Blanco and me draped in bath towels, side-by-side in the mirror and shaving. I’m sorry to disappoint (myself). No, this is supposed to be a more family friendly post for Global/National Poetry Month. The Monkey and I are doing a project…

My Mother and Richard Blanco’s, Picking Produce

I lost my mother when I was 19. I had run away from home for a year or so in my teens. My father and I did not get along, you could say, but that’s a very different story now, and not the story for today. I came back, fortunately before mom’s cancer returned. So…

Richard Blanco’s Penn State Campus Reading

Last night we featured “Killing Mark” by Richard Blanco for our Thursday Love Poem, and included a short video clip of him reading the poem somewhere. The video description wasn’t helpful with that information, so if  you know please pass that on! I also mentioned that our local Poetry Under the Paintings crew went to…

A Thursday Love Poem, “Killing Mark,” by Richard Blanco

We are overdue for another Thursday Love Poem, and as I’ve said before, “a Thursday Love Poem isn’t your grandmother’s love poem, baby.” It’s an unconventional love poem at least, and sometimes it’s a downright anti-love poem, as in the flagship poem of this feature, Edna Saint Vincent Millay’s “Thursday.”  If you aren’t familiar with…