Call Us What We Carry: Poems (Large Print / Paperback)
The newest entry to my favorites list is “The Hill We Climb”. As someone who missed the live performance of this piece until later (and subsequently cried my eyes out at my computer), I couldn’t wait for it to be released in print form. This is by far the most impactful poem on this list for me, with the current political climate and the fact that police brutality hits close to home for my family. But where it would be fair for this poem to focus on the negatives in our nation, it focuses also on hope for the future, the uphill battle we face, but the need for us to “first put our differences aside”. This whole poem is a quotable one, but my personal favorite line was “Because being American is more than a pride we inherit— It’s the past we step into, and how we repair it”. This poem makes me hopeful for a brighter future and will be remembered for many years to come.— Rachele
A collection of poetry by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.
Including "The Hill We Climb," the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, this collection of the same name reveals an energizing and unforgettable new voice in America poetry.
About the Author
Amanda Gorman is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. Amanda’s activism and poetry have been featured on The Today Show, PBS Kids, and CBS This Morning, and in the New York Times, Vogue, Essence, and O, The Oprah Magazine. In 2017, Urban Word named her the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University, she now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. The special edition of her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” was published in March 2021 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Her debut picture book, Change Sings, and the poetry collection, The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, will be published in September 2021. Please visit theamandagorman.com.