Nebraska Poetry Society VP reacts to Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem
The 22-year-old moved the country with her inspiring poem on Wednesday.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – At just 22-years-old, poet Amanda Gorman made a divided country listen. Gorman is the youngest person to deliver a poem at the U.S. presidential inauguration.
“Being American is more than a pride we inherit,” Gorman said in her poem. “It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.”
Gorman touched on a variety of topics, giving hope to all Americans. She was in the middle of writing the inauguration poem when rioters stormed the nation’s Capitol. She alluded to the event in her poem.
“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,” Gorman explained. “It would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. This effort very nearly succeeded. While democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.”
Nebraska Poetry Society vice president Brandi Prettyman said she’s never heard a poet speak like Gorman did on Wednesday.
“Amanda Gorman has the ability to condense down our American history and our entire future into five minutes,” Prettyman said.
Gorman also gave hope to women of color by reciting, “where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.”
“It is something that really speaks to the hope that all of us have for surviving what we’ve been through, and excelling into something more,” Prettyman said.
Gorman took the top two slots on Amazon’s best-seller list for her work that won’t even be out until the fall. You can view the poem here. You can also find information on the Nebraska Poetry Society at its website.