Poet Richard Blanco Celebrates Pride Month And Introduces ‘Zip Odes’

06.20.18

Blanco shared poems about LGBTQ relationships, including his own poem “Killing Mark.” He said the poem “really, in a way, speaks to [the fact] that love is love, and marriage is marriage, and straight folks don’t have the corner on dysfunctional relationships.”

Blanco also shared a poem by Adrienne Rich, one of America’s most prominent lesbian poets. The poem doesn’t address LGBTQ themes specifically, but sees the world with a sensitivity that Blanco said is a hallmark of many LGBTQ writers.

This episode of Village Voice aired on Boston Public Radio on June 20, 2018.