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Richard Blanco

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco told the crowd gathered for URI’s sunlit May 18 Commencement that life is like writing class:

Revise, revise, revise.

As a poet, we’re taught to do away with clichés, and you should do the same. Strive to be an original in everything. You don’t have to fit the mold of what your degree says. You need to add to that degree.

Never stop asking: Now what?

Think of your life as an unfinished poem. It’s true that a good life, like a good poem, answers questions. But I’ll tell you this: A great life, like a great poem, asks questions.



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One comment to “Richard Blanco”

  1. Nancy wilson comments:

    Hi Richard. I graduated this May and enjoyed your message not only for us seniors but for those who want to pursue their journey. I’m 65 and before I graduated this year (’14), I asked myself the same question. By the time I graduated I had already set my plan of action. Taking a deep sigh and saying “OK, next,” with positive affirmation. I’m going all the way to a doctorate, not one but two. Why? Because I believe I can succeed in whatever I believe in for me. Not what others expect of me but what I expect of myself. Thank you

    --Posted: June 25th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

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