Youngest-Ever Inaugural Poet Calls for Unity

Youngest-Ever Inaugural Poet Calls for Unity

She was asked to perform at the inauguration after Jill Biden - sorry, that's First Lady Jill Biden - saw one of her readings at the Library of Congress in 2017 and became a fan.

WriteGirl Executive Director Keren Taylor said she had "no doubt Amanda's messages of hope, unity and justice will help us all heal and move forward". "It was like, if I try to climb this mountain all at once, I'm just going to pass out".

We've seen a forest that would shatter our nation rather than share it.

"And this effort very almost succeeded / But while democracy can be periodically delayed, / It can never be permanently defeated".

One reads, "But while democracy can be periodically delayed / It can never be permanently defeated". She steeped herself in the literature of past inaugural poets. While reciting my poem, I wore a ring with a caged bird-a gift from @Oprah for the occasion, to symbolize Maya Angelou, a previous inaugural poet.

Being raised by a single mother who worked as an English teacher paved the way for her love for writing. If only we're courageous enough to see it.

"I think it's about a new chapter in the United States, about the future, and doing that through the elegance and beauty of words". At 16, she was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles.

Frost's appearance at the Kennedy inaugural was a kind of valedictory - he was 86 and died two years later. She was followed by a performance by actress-singer Jennifer Lopez.

"No pressure", Gorman said with a laugh.

Winfrey was carrying on her own tradition with these gifts: In 1993, the talk show host and producer sent Angelou a Chanel coat and gloves ahead of her own reading at President Bill Clinton's inauguration. "Interestingly, it was filled with poetry, but she may not have known it", Chahine Sinno said. "Well, when I leave the White House, which is seldom, I always go to my hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, and they say, 'He should go to other places.' And I never thought of it".

"I wasn't trying to write something in which those events were painted as an irregularity or different from an America that I know", she told the Los Angeles Times. It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit.

There were many incredible and moving moments during the inauguration of Joe Biden that left me weeping.

Gorman began the process, as she always does, with research.

But who is she? She overcame that fear by drawing confidence from former President Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr., and practices songs from the Broadway musical "Hamilton". And I have to recognise that in the poem.

In Gorman's words, there wasn't just hope, there was promise.

Gorman is no stranger to having to change her work midstream. "The writing process is its own excruciating form, but as someone with a speech impediment, speaking in front of millions of people presents its own type of terror".

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant on January 20 as she called out to the world "even as we grieved, we grew".

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