Amanda Gorman is my new creative hero. At age 22 she has become the youngest Inaugural Poet in history as she delivered her original poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the Capitol during the 2021 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Her powerful performance is even more impressive given the fact that she had a speech impediment as a child which she overcame, in part, through music.
Her execution was flawless and breathtaking. Her message is powerful.
Equally important has been the response to her inaugural poem. For a moment, the power of poetry, of the arts, and their importance in our society was recognized. Journalists who admitted to not having read much poetry were suddenly smitten by its power. There was hopeful talk of bringing poetry and the arts back into the school curriculum. Suddenly, we needed poems and art and creativity.
Those of us working as creatives are hopeful this will help usher in a new, more “artful” era.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it.