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American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 20 2021

Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet in USA history to mark the transition of presidential power, offered a hopeful vision for a deeply divided country on Wednesday with her poem "The Hill We Climb". She already has a history of writing for official occasions.

Amanda Gorman "screamed and danced her head off" when she found out she had been chosen to read one of her poems at Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony. Gorman's Twitter account earned over half a million new followers since her performance - and the day's not over yet.

"I have kind of stumbled upon this genre". The youngest inaugural poet in recent history opened about the pressure she feels to deliver the words that will take us into a needed new administration.

It was an extraordinary task for Ms. Gorman, the youngest by far of the poets who have read at presidential inaugurations since Kennedy invited Robert Frost in 1961, with other predecessors including Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander.

Winfrey was carrying on her own tradition with these gifts: In 1993, the talk show host and producer sent Angelou a Chanel coat and gloves ahead of her own reading at President Bill Clinton's inauguration. Gorman, who became America's first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, read new work "The Hill We Climb," which she completed after the January 6 Capitol riot.

Gorman has two books forthcoming, including her first children's book, "Change Sings", set to be published in September.

Poets have appeared at the inaugurations of just four USA presidents.

In previous interviews, Gorman had said she was contacted late last month by the Biden inaugural committee.

"I really wanted to use my words to be a point of unity and collaboration and togetherness", she told the World Service's Newshour programme before the ceremony. She has known numerous public figures, including former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama, but says she will be meeting the Bidens for the first time.

Gorman also revealed her own political aspirations, with plans to run for office in 2036.

Despite writing about half of the poem on the night of the Pro-Trump rioters storming the U.S. Capitol, Gorman's poem struck an optimistic tone, calling for Americans to reconcile, rebuild, and recover.

Of course, they aren't her only fans. "It isn't turning your back to the evidence of discord and division".

Gorman opened by acknowledging the reasons why hope can be challenging. She has also made clear her desire to appear at a future inaugural, in a much greater capacity, an ambition she stated firmly in her poem.



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