National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman inspires poets, writers across the nation

Brandi Powell
Updated: January 21, 2021 06:53 PM
Created: January 21, 2021 05:03 PM

"If we're to live up to our own time, then victory won't lie in the blade. But in all the bridges we've made, that is the promise to glade the hill we climb. If only we dare it."

That's just a small excerpt from National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's original poem, "The Hill We Climb."

Gorman stole the show at Wednesday's Inauguration Day ceremonies with her poetry recitation, becoming a household name overnight.

The young poet is inspiring writers, artists and other poets everywhere.

"Where can we find light, in this never-ending shade... in all the bridges we've made, that is the promise to glade the hill we climb."

Twenty-three-year-old Twin Cities poet Baki Baki Baki, whose official name is Zeam Porter, said, "I feel called, I am called now ... to be a light-bearer, in the storm of darkness, is everything ... Before her performance, never did I think, 'OK, when it comes to my poetry, I could have an audience as big as all of America.'"

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But Gorman made it a reality, especially for those next in line.

"She empowered me to just keep going, and keep voicing what I want to be heard and standing up for myself," 14-year-old Kennedy George, who enjoys writing poetry, said.

A National Youth Poet Laureate, standing up, for all to hear.

At just 22 years old and overcoming a speech impediment, Gorman told ABC News' Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Thursday, "I was overjoyed, I was grateful, I was honestly shocked," that she was trusted to share her gift.

"It was this amazing full-circle moment for me, because if I would've written this poem three years ago, I wouldn't have been able to say it, and so it was, you know, me rising, I think as well as the country, at that time," Gorman explained.

"She gave us hope across partisanship, across age and demographic, across our race, our ethnicity, whoever we are, wherever we are that we can bring that light into our homes, into our communities and across the nation and the world," Dr. Artika Tyner, author and University of St. Thomas law professor, added.


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