One Today is Blanco"s reflection on a nation whose story is not unlike his own: a country "still trying to negotiate its own identity--the word 'hope'...fresh on our tongues." As President Obama remarked, Blanco's work represents "the strength of the American people and our...great diversity." This special bilingual edition includes two other poems written for the occasion, "Mother Country" and "What We Know of Country." Accompanying the poems are Blanco's reflections on his emotional and creative journey; here he highlights his experiences at the inauguration and how his role connected him to Americans in new and profound ways. One Today is a moving, heartfelt paean to what makes this country great. It marks a triumphant moment in American history and letters.