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On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this sp ...more
Hardcover, Keepsake Edition, 32 pages
Published March 30th 2021 by Viking Books
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carol.
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: watch it. All Americans.
When day comes, we ask ourselves:
Where can we find light
In this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
We've braved the belly of the beast
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace"


Even more than reading it, better watch it performed by the author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ055...

The gestures, the crisp rhythm, the absolution of the moment, to feel like perhaps COVID and the last four years of hatefulness might possibly wash off in the sunny, cold January morning, spok
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morgan
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
hearing it for the first time was breathtaking and now reading it for the first time was moving
Diane S ☔
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My youngest daughter gifted me with this lovely book. Beautifully binded with yellow dust jacket, red lettering, a play on the outfit she wore while reciting this poem at the inauguration..Gorman is so young and so talented.

Some of my favored sentences from the poem.
"That even as we grieved, we grew,
That even as we hurt, we hoped,
That even as we tired, we tried."

Words that could be used in many different setting, but certainly during this past year of Covid, when so many have sickened and died.
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Meike
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-read, usa
Let's face it: No one needed this formulaic foreword by Oprah, but the poem and its delivery are GREAT. ...more
melhara
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aoc, poetry, american
I've never watched any of the past US inaugurations, but when Amanda Gorman shared the glorious news that she was selected as the official inaugural poet for the 2021 inauguration, I knew I had to tune in (and I did)!

If you haven't watched it, you can find it here.


I've been following Gorman in social media since last summer and (for some reason) feel immensely proud of her well-deserved fame and success and am super happy that all three of her books ( Change Sings - a picture book set to
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Tommaso Emiliani
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Oh America, you can do better than this.

The poem is verbose, unimaginative, condescending, self-indulgent, didactic and - what is worst - cliched.
It is understandable that American hearts may need reassurance and guidance after years of darkness and chaos - yes, the poem does provide those.
But if one strips the poem of its envelope of powerful oral delivery, colourful cloths, ethnic jewels, identity politics associated with the author and the specific context of delivery, one is left with a bunc
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Auntie Terror
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exceptional poem - modern and contemporary in the best sense of the word. Rhythmic without strict metre or rhyme schemes. Full of powerful images despite a very clear, sober language.
Kelli
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I borrowed this audiobook thinking it was a book of poetry but as it turns out, just the one poem was more than enough. Despite the unnecessary forward by Oprah, this reading of the Inaugural Poem by the author was stunning. It brought me to tears. 5 stars
CAG_1337
Feb 07, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good thing Harold Bloom is already dead because hearing this poem would have killed him. Gorman's work was an utterly dreadful, cliché-ridden piece of juvenilia that had all the charm and sense of craft as a mediocre slam poem. ...more
Corey J. Davidson
Apr 05, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have always thought that Amanda Gorman is a grossly overrated poet and this piece is a textbook example why.

There is nothing of real substance here; it is riddled with clichés and platitudes. I understand perfectly well what she was going for, but the execution is just so bland. I read better poems by my classmates in high school. I mean, “...just us...” and “...justice...”? REALLY? That is an Instagram poetry line if I have ever read one. That akin to saying “You can’t spell ‘disability’ wit
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Melanie (mells_view)
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Listened to the audiobook, because I needed a reminder that there is hope even though there is so much tragedy. Sigh. It’s a great poem, and a great listen. Maybe not the same chills I had when I first heard it, but the power and the memory of the day are there!

“Quiet isn't always peace and the norms and notions of what just is isn't always justice.”

**Audio copy downloaded from Libro.fm proceeds helping Loyalty Bookstores.
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Chrissie
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gorman, only twenty-two years old when asked to write and read this poem to commemorate the inauguration of the next president, was penned during a tumultuous time and Gorman's words reflect that period.
"When day comes, we ask ourselves:
Where can we find light
In this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
...
If we merge mercy with might, and might with right,
Then love becomes our legacy,
And change, our children's birthright.
...
When day comes, we step out of the shade,
Aflam
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Andrew Howdle
Apr 06, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oscar Wilde once remarked wickedly that poetry fared well until the public became interested in it. I am hard pushed to understand how anyone could mistake this collection of cliches and flaccid lines for poetry.
Imogen Kathleen
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, poetry, 2021
A beautiful and powerful poem that graced the millions who watched President Biden's inauguration.
Whilst I wait excitedly for Gorman's collection to be published (September cannot come fast enough), I picked up this stunning edition of the poem that she read at the inauguration. Even reading it now made me emotional, and reminded me of the brilliance of Gorman's image as the US began to turn from a leadership of tyranny and violence into one that will better protect the lives of all of its peopl
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Katherine
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-favorites
Chills!! I want more 😢 Amanda Gorman your words are so special. What a beautiful poem 💗
Luis
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“All art is propaganda; on the other hand, not all propaganda is art.”
-George Orwell

Well...this is clearly propaganda. I would consider any MLK speech as much more poetic and artistic than this cheesy and bland "poem".
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Rainer
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This poem seems to have made Amanda Gorman into a household name overnight, and she absolutely deserves it. What an incredibly talented writer - we are blessed by her words.
Alison
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathtaking. I watched this performed live along with my husband and child, and we all wept openly. Cannot wait to read more from this brilliant mind!
lily ☁️
“The new dawn blooms as we free it,
For there is always light,
If only we’re brave enough to see it,
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”


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Krista Regester
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In this truth, in this faith, we trust.
For while we have our eyes on the future,
History has its eyes on us
Kellie Marie Monahan
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Horrible print and binding. Looks like it was made at home. Cash grab of an overrated poem. 15 minutes of fame are up.

Katie ♡
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reading the poem is just as powerful as hearing it on the presidential inauguration for the first time.
Ludditus
Apr 01, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is ridiculous, and the German translation is a shame.
Black supremacists rejected the Dutch translator, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, because she was white. They also rejected the Catalan translator, because he was not "woman, young, activist and preferably Black." Who cares he translated William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde? Even Dutch black activists insisted that a white male "just cannot understand." As the translator noted, "if I cannot translate a poet because she is a woman, young, Black,
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Rachelle
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew,
That even as we hurt, we hoped,
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we'll forever be tied together."

While I'm not partial to poetry on the norm, this poem holds a special place for me and I'm sure many others. This one has feeling and heart and will forever be tied to such a positive turn in the tide for our country!
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Nursebookie
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Penguin Random House Audio for the gifted book.

Stunning
Powerful
Deeply moving and uplifting

I am changed just by listening to this poem.
Le Petit
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Now this is poetry I can get behind. I followed American politics for the duration of Trumps term, it was a surreal experience. This poem felt like a balm on a wound. I can only imagine how actual Americans must have felt when it was recited.

5/5 – Well written with a hopeful message to a nation that seemed to have been forced to face some of it’s daemons. I hope change is implemented.
Allyson (bookstaandbujo)
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You have my vote for President already. A legend.
Caelan Douglas
Apr 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
I wish I could rate this zero stars...
༄sima
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“...quiet isn't always peace, and the norms and notions of what just is, isn't always justice.”

Pure, simple, utter brilliance.

Powerful.

💛

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Brittney Rae
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommendations
Loved it when I heard it knew I would love reading it even more.
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Amanda Gorman was the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. She is also an activist. Gorman's work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. In January 2021, she became the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration, reading her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of Joe Biden. ...more

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