WORKS OF YOUNG BLACK POET IN BIDEN INAUGURAL NO. 1 IN AMAZON LIST
Amanda Gorman, the young Black poet who performed at President Joe Biden's inaugural, has become an overnight star with her works shooting to the top of Amazon bestseller lists ahead of their publication, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
Gorman, 22, recited "The Hill We Climb" at the inaugural, a poem inspired by the US Capitol attack touching on how democracy "can never be permanently defeated." She is the youngest poet ever to recite at a presidential inauguration, a role first given to Robert Frost by John F. Kennedy in 1961.
The Harvard University graduate was invited to participate after First Lady Jill Biden saw one of her readings. A collection of Gorman's poems to be published in September was number one on the Amazon bestseller list on Friday followed by a children's book,
"Change Sings: A Children's Anthem," also to be released in September. A hardcover copy of her inaugural poem to be released next month is number three on the list.
Gorman's works knocked former president Barack Obama's autobiography, "A Promised Land," down to the number five position. America's first Black president was one of the many Americans left impressed by Gorman.
"On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment," Obama tweeted, before quoting the closing line of Gorman's inaugural poem. "Young people like her are proof that 'there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it; if only we're brave enough to be it,'" Obama said.
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