Cuban-American Poet Blanco Calls Castro’s Death a ‘Symbolic Victory’ (Miami Herald)

Fidel Castro in 2003. Source: Wikipedia commons.

Fidel Castro in 2003. Source: Wikipedia commons

Acclaimed poet Richard Blanco, who was born in Cuba, has described the death of Fidel Castro as “a symbolic ‘victory’ that will bring much-needed closure to many who’ve been in his psychological grip.” Speaking to the Miami Herald, Blanco also said he’s worried that the Cuban dictator’s demise “will essentially change nothing unless efforts toward change continue.”

Blanco was the inaugural poet for President Obama’s second term. He is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the US inaugural poet.

Blanco spent the day on campus in October 2013, when he visited with students, faculty, and staff before giving a poetry reading in the evening.

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