How to Love a Country by Richard Blanco
"How to Love a Country" is a poetry collection written by Richard Blanco, an American poet, public speaker, and civil engineer. The book, which was first published in 2019, deals with themes of identity, belonging, and love of country. The book is divided into three sections, each representing a different stage in the author's life. The first section, "Home," deals with the author's experiences growing up in a Cuban-American family and his struggles with identity and belonging. The second section, "Country," deals with the author's reflections on the concept of country and its meaning for different people. The final section, "Love," deals with the author's reflections on the different ways that we can love a country. Richard Blanco is known for his emotive and powerful performances of his poetry, which often deal with personal and social issues such as identity, belonging, and love of country. His poetry reflects these themes and is praised for its raw and honest approach, as well as its ability to capture the nuances of the human experience. "How to Love a Country" has received positive reviews from critics, who have praised its emotional depth and the author's ability to convey the complexities of the human experience through his poetry. The book has been described as a powerful and important work that offers hope and inspiration to those who are struggling with issues of identity and belonging. Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, he was invited to read at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013, he is also the first openly gay, Latino, and immigrant to have held this distinction. He continues to be active as a public speaker and poet, giving lectures and readings at universities and other venues across the country. His work has been widely anthologized, recognized with numerous awards, and translated into Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.