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Poetry Review: The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman


Title: The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country
Author: Amanda Gorman
Year published: 2021
Category: Adult fiction (poetry)
Pages: 29 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2024 Google Reading map): USA

SummaryOn 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 with her call for unity and healing. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special gift edition, perfect for any reader looking for some inspiration. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this remarkable keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.

Review: I know who Amanda Gorman is. Obviously. But have I really paid attention to her poetry? Not so much. I am not a big poetry fan so my go-to is to avoid it. But... it's Amanda Gordon. And someone put this book in the Free Little Library in our development. It's like they were telling me to read it. So I did.

I heard her recite the poem at Biden's inauguration, but I am a visual learner so reading it now in print really helped me "hear" the words and ideas much more clearly. She really shows that we were coming out of the (Trump) darkness, that we need to work together rather than divide ourselves, and that we can be a great nation if we all come together in the effort.

Very impressive and great stuff.

Challenges for which this counts: none

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