Who is the poet Amanda Gorman and how was she selected to read her verses at Joe Biden’s inauguration?

WASHINGTON – The young poet Amanda Gorman brought strength and hope to the inauguration of the president this Wednesday Joe Bidenwith a moving poem that declared the beginning of an “era of redemption” in America and reminded that “there is always light”, even in the darkest moments.

Gorman, 22, moved the hundreds of attendees at Biden’s inauguration for more than five minutes with some verses that she worked on for weeks but that she did not finish off until after the assault on the Capitol on January 6, inspired by the need of the country to find solace.

“There is always light, if we are brave enough to see it, if we are brave enough to embody it,” Gorman said as he concluded his poem.

The African-American poet is the youngest to deliver a poem at a presidential inauguration in the United States, and she received almost immediate praise when she finished reciting her work, titled “The Hill We Climbed.”

“Although democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” said the author, who is the first nationally awarded young poet in US history.

Gorman had a bit of a creative block when writing his poem until the attack on Congress, when he clearly saw the solemn but optimistic message he wanted to send to the country, he explained to various media outlets.

“In order to put our future first, we first have to put our differences aside, lay down our weapons in order to reach the arms of others,” he stressed before the Capitol, shortly after Biden delivered his first speech as president.

His poem sounded like a sigh of relief after the Presidency of Donald Trump, and celebrated the entry into an “era of redemption” of “a country that is not broken, but simply unfinished.”

“We will never sow division again,” he confided.

First lady asked to contact her

The now first lady of the United States, Jill Bidenwas the one who asked to include Gorman in the inauguration ceremony after seeing a video of a declamation that the young woman had given in Washington, The New York Times revealed.

Gorman grew up in Los Angeles, where her mother is a school teacher, and immediately fell in love with poetry, writing in journals in the schoolyard, until at the age of 16 she was awarded the prize for the best young poet of the Californian city.

“Now more than ever, America needs an inaugural poem,” Gorman said in an interview with The New York Times.

“Poetry is normally the cornerstone we return to when we have to remember the history we stood on, and the future we stand for,” he added.

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