Amanda Gorman, Youngest Inaugural Poet, Has A Moment In Biden Ceremony

21 Janvier, 2021, 06:37 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, reads at Biden's inauguration

"But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated", Gorman said.

All the inaugural poets have performed at the swearings-in of Democratic presidents. Ceremonial works are often quickly forgotten, but Angelou's On the Pulse Of the Morning, which she read at the 1993 inaugural of President Clinton, went on to sell more than 1 million copies as a book. Gorman joined the L.A. -based WriteGirl program (which we featured on our cover in March of last year) at the age 14, participating in the organization's monthly creative writing workshops focused on poetry and songwriting. She looked to orators from throughout history who have spoken not just about a divided America, but also a united America. "There is always light if only we're courageous enough to see it / If only we're fearless enough to be it".

"It was an extraordinary task for Gorman, who soon after finishing her poem helped inspire - along with Vice President Kamala Harris - the Twitter hashtag "#BlackGirlMagic and was being praised by former first lady Michelle Obama among others.

"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". Raised in Los Angeles, where her mother teaches middle school, she would write in journals at the playground.

Gorman was hesitating to apply to be a Los Angeles youth poet laureate during her time in the Writegirl program. Having - like the new president himself - overcome a speech impediment as a child, Amanda is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration.

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never ending shade? Country singer Garth Brooks sang "Amazing Grace", and Jennifer Lopez performed a medley of "This Land is Your Land" and "America the handsome", interjecting lines from the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.

"No pressure", Gorman said with a laugh.

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Amanda Gorman took to the microphone at Joe Biden's inauguration with an ease most of us could only dream of. She's recited her poems at the Library of Congress and on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

Then, the insurrection happened in the U.S. Capitol, which she knew had to be addressed, "I was like, 'Well, this is something we need to talk about".

"At the time, I felt Amanda knows more than me, she's a better writer", Chahine Sinno said. "We have to confront these realities if we're going to move forward".

"That day gave me a second wave of energy to finish the poem", Ms. Gorman told the AP.

But she also took her cues from orators like Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. - people who knew a thing or two about calling for hope and unity in times of despair and division.

When she asked Alexander for advice, "she just basically told me, 'The poem is already written, it's already done".

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

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