Amanda Gorman redeemed belief in the power of poetry

Amanda Gorman

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021.

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What you need to know:

  • Miss Gorman's recitation proved that poetry can still speak to the immediate moment and provide answers to issues that most nag us today.
  • Miss Gorman was stepping up with a record of her own — she was the first youth poet laureate at a presidential inauguration.

When the little-known poet Amanda Gorman walked onto the Capitol steps of the United States Congress last week, few thought that this would be one of the defining moments of the much hyped Biden inauguration.

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