A New Hope For Healing: Amanda Gorman’s powerful inauguration message

 

Amanda Gorman at the 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden

Photo by Patrick Semansky of the Associated Press

For me, one of the most impressive moments during yesterday’s presidential inauguration of the Biden administration was the reading of the inaugural poem by the young Amanda Gorman.

Only 22 years old and having previously been our first National Youth Poet Laureate, Gorman came up to the podium as a tiny but extremely bright point of light, resplendent in a stunning yellow coat, bold red headband, and a face that shone with the hope that can only be found in the young. And that was all before she opened up her mouth to voice her poem, a wonderfully woven and fluid incantation that represents a response to the January 6th right-wing attacks on our nation’s Capitol, an attack that showcased our country's deep ideological divisions.

Hers was a poem to heal those who are ready to listen, representing the hope of youth (who may someday want to be president) and who want to “close the divide because we know to put our future first we must first put our differences aside.”


 

The text of Gorman's poem, “The Hill We Climb,” will be released in her upcoming book of the same name.  Scheduled for publication in September, it is available to preorder now, as is her children's book, Change Sings.  While we await those releases, here are some other poems of hope, resilience, and identity to enjoy in the meantime.


 

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The Hill We Climb and Other Poems Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593465066
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Published: Viking Books - September 21st, 2021

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Change Sings: A Children's Anthem Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203224
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

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The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062399458
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow - October 24th, 2017

American Primitive Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316650045
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 1983

An American Sunrise: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393358483
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143133186
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Published: Penguin Books - June 19th, 2018

Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

The Carrying: Poems Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781571315120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 14th, 2018

How to Love a Country: Poems Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780807043073
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Published: Beacon Press - March 24th, 2020

Leaves of Grass: (1855) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Walt Whitman, Harold Bloom (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039273
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 28th, 2005

Monument: Poems New and Selected Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358118237
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Published: Mariner Books - November 5th, 2019

Selected Poems of Thomas Merton Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811229920
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Published: New Directions - April 14th, 2020

If They Come for Us: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525509783
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Published: One World - August 7th, 2018

Essential Ruth Stone Cover Image
By Ruth Stone, Bianca Stone (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781556596087
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 29th, 2020

The Wild Iris Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780880013345
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Published: Ecco - November 1st, 1993

The Best American Poetry 2020 (The Best American Poetry series) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781982106607
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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2020