Daily poem: Rigoberto González and ‘Birthright,’ from Dodge ‘Poetry & Democracy’ in Morristown

Rigoberto González gives reading at 'Poetry & Democracy,' presented in Morristown by the Dodge Poetry Program, March 23, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Rigoberto González gives reading at 'Poetry & Democracy,' presented in Morristown by the Dodge Poetry Program, March 23, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Rigoberto González examines the immigrant experience in Birthright, which he recited at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown for Poetry & Democracy, presented by the Dodge Poetry Program on March 23, 2019.

His session, In Praise: A Hundred Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Earth, featured reflections on gratitude and our common humanity, by eight poets and the musical trio The Parkington Sisters.

Video: Rigoberto González at ‘Poetry & Democracy’ in Morristown:

The author of 17 books, González is director of the master’s program in creative writing at Rutgers-Newark. Here is more about the poet, from Dodge:

Rigoberto González is the author of 17 books, including 5 books of poetry. The recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, NYFA, and US Artist fellowships, he is professor of English and director of the MFA program in Creating Writing at Rutgers-Newark.

Featured poets were Janet Aalfs, Jan Beatty, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Catherine Doty, Rigoberto González, Joe Weil, and Rachel Wiley.

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