The messages from my country speak clearly to me of the great potential and hope for poetry in America. In a visionary moment, I know the greater good that must come from my honor as inaugural poet. I make a conscious commitment to keep connecting America with poetry and reshape how we think about it, to try to dispel the myths and misconceptions about the art by introducing us to more contemporary work that speaks to our lives in real time. And, moreover, to explore how I can empower educators to teach contemporary poetry and foster a new generation of poetry readers.
-- Richard Blanco, For All of Us, One Today, p. 102