Amanda Gorman becomes youngest inaugural poet in US history

Award-winning poet Amanda Gorman became the youngest known inaugural poet in U.S. history on Wednesday, with the 22-year-old reciting her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” after Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE and Kamala HarrisKamala Harris Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? MORE were sworn in as the country’s next president and vice president.

“When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade,” Gorman orated. “The loss we carry, a sea we must wade, we've braved the belly of the beast. We've learned that quiet isn't always peace, and the norms and notions of what just is isn't always justice.”

“And yet, the dawn is ours.”


In total, Gorman spoke for roughly six minutes, following Biden’s nearly 20-minute address. Gorman and her poem are now in rarified air, joining the works of Maya Angelou and Robert Frost to be performed at a presidential inauguration.

Gorman’s poem and Biden’s speech shared similar themes, with Biden urging the country to come together and strive for a better tomorrow, despite a pandemic that has ravaged the nation.

"Without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury," Biden said. "No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge.”

Gorman became the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017 and published her first book of poetry, “The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough,” two years earlier in 2015.

The Associated Press reported last week that the Biden inaugural committee had initially reached out to Gorman in late December upon the recommendation of now-first lady Jill BidenJill BidenOvernight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period Education secretary: Vaccinating teachers 'my top priority' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls MORE.