American Poet and Activist, Amanda Gorman
22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman “stole the show” for her dramatic reading of her six-minute “The Hill We Climb” poem on January 20 before a global TV and online inauguration day audience.
The poem celebrates the U.S. not as a “perfect union,” but as a country that has the grit to struggle with its all-too-real problems.
The poem is packed. Even an excerpt is powerful stuff:
We’ve braved the belly of the beast,
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,
and the norms and notions
of what just is
isn’t always just-ice.
Read the full transcript here.
What if Gorman, 22, the nation’s youth poet laureate, could bring her poetic, presentation skills, and grace to the issue of climate change? In fact, she does. In December 2018, Gorman presented her original “Earthrise” four-minute poem as part of a Climate Reality Project” 24 hours of reality” campaign. Her reading of that poem has attracted more than 215,000 YouTube views as of January 26.