22-year-old poetry phenom Amanda Gorman lights up social media after inauguration
Amanda Gorman, 22, the country's first National Youth Poet Laureate, referenced everything from scripture to "Hamilton" — and echoed JFK and MLK — in a performance at the Biden-Harris swearing-in that captivated America.
- Penguin Young Readers said her inauguration poem will be published in a special edition this spring
With urgency and assertion, AP's Hillel Italie writes, Gorman began "The Hill We Climb," by asking: "Where can we find light / In this never-ending shade?"
We, the successors of a country and a time,
Where a skinny black girl,
Descended from slaves and raised by a single mother,
Can dream of becoming president,
Only to find herself reciting for one.
Gorman helped inspire — along with Vice President Harris — the Twitter hashtag "#BlackGirlMagic."