The Unexceptional Inspires Kansas Poet Laureate, And Honest Abe's Early Political Life

Jun 1, 2017

Despite others' exhaustive coverage of President Lincoln's life, Sidney Blumenthal, former aide to President Bill Clinton, says, "I think I've found something new to say."
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Today, Kansas's newest poet laureate discusses how to find extraordinary meaning in the seemingly ordinary events of our lives. Then, we speak with political journalist and long-time confidant to Hillary Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal, whose new writing delves into the complex life of one of America's great presidents, Abraham Lincoln.

Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas will perform a poetry reading at Aimee's Coffeehouse in Lawrence at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Sidney Blumenthal will discuss the second volume of his biography of Abraham Lincoln, 'Wrestling with His Angel, 1849-1856,' at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. For registration and more information, visit