Amanda Gorman is setting a record of becoming the youngest poet to recite at a presidential inauguration at 23.
The American poet and feminist Amanda Gorman is scheduled to become the sixth poet to appear at the 23rd presidential inauguration.
Born and raised in Los Angeles and studying sociology at Harvard, Gorman became the first national youth poet laureate in America in 2017. She will become the youngest poet to play for US President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the swearing-in on January 20.
It was President-elect Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, who proposed her as his inaugural poet, according to US sources. Gorman, alongside Lady Gaga, who will sing the American national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez, will appear on Wednesday, January 20.
The Hill We Ascend, Gorman’s poem, would comment on, but not explicitly mention, the protests at the US Capitol last week.
She posted a brief excerpt with the New York Times: “We saw a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it. / If it meant delaying democracy, it would destroy our country.” / And this attempt almost succeeded. / So although democracy can be postponed regularly, / It can never be defeated indefinitely,’ she said.
“The U.S. is chaotic. All that we will become is already in its early evolution. And I need to recognize this in the poem. That’s not something I can forget or delete. And then, I produced an opening poem that recognizes these scars and these wounds. It will potentially move us towards healing them.
The theme of Biden’s inauguration is America United, and Gorman told the Associated Press that although organizers had not told her what to publish, she was urged to stress solidarity over Donald Trump’s resignation, as opposed to “denigrating anyone” or declaring “ding, dong, the witch is dead.”