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Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, the first Latino and openly gay-identified person to hold the position.
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"As I reflect on this, I see how the American story is, in many ways, my story -- a country still trying to negotiate its own identity, caught between the paradise of its founding ideals and the realities of its history ...," Blanco has said in regard to his selection as inaugural poet. "Regardless of my cultural, socioeconomic background and my sexuality, I have been given a place at the table, or more precisely, at the podium, because that is America."
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