~~January 23, 2021~~
GIVING AMERICANS HOPE
I’m wondering, how come I never heard about Amanda Gorman before the inauguration? I’ve been looking and she’s all over YouTube. There are plenty YouTube videos portraying her amazing talent!
I found a list of poems she has already recorded for the public. Of course I posted about ‘The Hill We Climb’ and ‘The Republic Risings’.
A short while ago, I found this interview with James Corden.
This is even better … getting to know a bit about her and her experiences after her performance for the Inauguration 2021.
Getting to know a bit about Amanda!
James Corden connects with Amanda Gorman, who captured the collective attention of Americans with her striking poem, “The Hill We Climb“, during the inauguration ceremony for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. James asks Amanda about her journey from being selected to standing at the podium delivering her art to the world. And Amanda talks about her coming children’s book, “Change Sings“, which is already atop the chart.
Amanda Gorman Geeking Out Over James Corden Won Late Night This Week
Amanda Gorman knows how to captivate an audience. The young poet captured the nation’s hearts and minds with her stunning poetry recital during President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, January 20, and says the experience was almost indescribable.
Gorman spoke via video chat with James Corden on Thursday’s The Late Late Show, a day after wowing audiences with her moving and inspiring poem “The Hill We Climb,” and she opened up about how it came together.
According to Gorman, Dr. Jill Biden saw her recite a poem at an event at the Library of Congress, and it really stuck with her.
“It turns out, I ended up being her first choice… and I basically got this Zoom call at the end of December,” Gorman shared. “I knew I’d been on the long list and then the short list, and the shorter list for a while, and I was just keeping my fingers crossed.”
“I’m the descendant of a slave who was also named Amanda, so looking out and seeing the Lincoln Memorial, looking out and seeing the Washington Monument, seeing the flags laid in remembrance of those lost to COVID, it’s a breathtaking moment,” Gorman recalled.
“And on the other hand, you have all the human anxieties like ‘I’m cold,’ and, ‘I know Biden is right behind me, how does my hair look?’ and, ‘My nose is sniffling,’ ‘Don’t trip, don’t mess up,'” she continued. “So you kind of have to let go of all of that and let yourself be a vessel for the poem.”
~~Published January 21, 2021~~
Amanda Gorman Is Giving Americans Hope
The inauguration held an especially meaningful significance considering that exactly two weeks earlier, a violent mob of domestic terrorists and extremists stormed the Capitol building as part of a failed coup attempting to disrupt the electoral vote count.
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