Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Great Regulars: The award-winning Cuban-American

gay poet Richard Blanco is set to become the first ever Hispanic or homosexual person to recite a poem at the US president's swearing-in ceremony.

Blanco, 44, will also become the youngest ever inaugural poet when he recites a poem of his own composition on 21 January.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Gay Cuban-American poet to recite at Obama's inauguration


Three long-lost manuscripts by Robert Burns--as well as correspondence between the beloved Scottish author and his friends--have been discovered by a researcher in what is being described as one of the most important Burns discoveries in years.

One of the texts is a letter from "Clarinda", the pen name taken by the woman Burns loved, Agnes McLehose, following the poet's death.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Lost Robert Burns manuscripts discovered


[Christian] Ward has now issued a statement to the Western Morning News about the "allegations of plagiarism" in the competition. He said he was "working on a poem about my childhood experiences in Exmoor and was careless", and that he "used Helen Mort's poem as a model for my own but rushed and ended up submitting a draft that wasn't entirely my own work".

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Poetry competition winner exposed as plagiarist


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