Village Voice: Richard Blanco Honors Memorial Day with Poems by Veterans by Richard Blanco Poetry published on 2021-05-27T19:55:34Z Ahead of Memorial Day, poet Richard Blanco shared poems by veterans. "[Let's] take a look at war from their perspective. I think it's a perspective that’s sometimes missing from the general consciousness," he said. Blanco read "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa. Written in response to visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the poem discusses racism, loss, the consequences of war. Richard said how thanking someone for their service could never capture the depth and complexity of what it means to serve. "Here’s your service in these lines: it’s pain, it’s grit, it’s love, it’s so many things." Blanco also read "Before the Deployment" by Jehanne Dubrow, a deeply tender poem that captures the effects of war on loved ones left behind; and "Songs of Napalm" by Bruce Weigl, written for his wife and which addresses the constant struggle with PTSD. Tune in for the poems and enjoy the discussion. This episode first aired on Boston Public Radio on Monday, May 24th, 2021.