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The Insiders: It’s our inaugural attempt to welcome an inaugural poet to Concord

The English language can be a confusing thing sometimes, even to those of us who don’t speak another one. Many phrases can be misleading without some context. Like all-you-can-eat, for instance – turns out most establishments apply that guarantee only to one meal, even if you sleep at the table and wake up for breakfast arguing that it’s still the same sitting.

Anyway, we were confused by phrasing this morning when we learned poet Richard Blanco is considered the fifth inaugural poet. How can someone be the fifth guy to do anything first? Sounds like cheating. Alas, we discovered he is the fifth poet to read at a presidential inauguration, having done so at President Obama’s second. What’s not confusing is that he’s going to be in Concord tonight at 7 at the Concord Public Library, performing a poetry reading until 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to anyone.

Blanco joined the likes of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou as inaugural poets and became the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor. Gibson’s Bookstore will be on hand tonight to sell copies of Blanco’s work.

You can also find yourself up the creek with some sweet paddle movies tonight at Red River Theatres, as the Reel Paddling Film Fest takes place at 7 p.m. Many of the best paddling films from the year will be shown in what Fish and Game advertising and promotions coordinator Mark Beauchesne described as “the Sundance Film Festival of the paddling world.” We can’t make it tonight, though, because we’re going to be at the Cannes Film Festival of the paddling world.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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