01/10/2013 09:17 am ET Updated Mar 12, 2013

As Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco Is Expected To Be A Voice Of Diversity - The Washington Post

For President Obama, the inauguration on Jan. 21 will be one of innumerable moments in the spotlight, albeit a significant one. But for the official inaugural poet -- for poetry itself -- it will be a singular event: Tens of millions of people all over the world will listen. In unison. To a poem. For many, it will be the only poem they hear for four years.