CNN’s Anderson Cooper was as in awe as countless others were on Wednesday by inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.
Gorman, 22, National Youth Poet Laureate and Youngest Poet to Recite at a Presidential Inauguration, was hailed for the catchy performance of her poem “The Hill We Climb” during President Joe’s swearing-in ceremony Biden.
In an interview Wednesday on “Anderson Cooper 360,” Gorman described the vision behind the play, which highlighted the march towards unity, hope and healing amid a damaged and divided nation.
“I felt like this was the type of poem I needed to write, and I felt like it was the type of poem the country and the world needed to hear. “, she says.
Cooper pointed to the last passage from “The Hill We Climb,” which he said gave him chills:
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover, in every known corner of our nation, in every corner called our country our diverse and beautiful people will emerge, beaten and handsome, when the day we come out of the shadows fiery and fearless, tThe new dawn blooms as we release it, fwhere there is always light if only we are brave enough to see it, If only we are brave enough to be.
“I’m so glad you tackled the last row,” Gorman said. She explained that she ultimately chose “either” for her conclusion because “hope is not something we ask of others, it is something we must demand of ourselves.
Cooper also asked Gorman if she could reveal the mantra she was told to recite before her readings.
“I do it every time I play, and I definitely did it this time,” Gorman said. “I close my eyes and say: I am the daughter of black writers, we descend from freedom fighters, who broke their chains and changed the world. They call me.
Cooper, in stunned silence, succeeded, “Wow. Um, wow. You are awesome. I am so transfixed.
President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among those singing Gorman’s praises on Wednesday. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a selfie of herself with her husband, former President Bill Clinton and Gorman, adding, “She has promised to run for president in 2036 and I can’t wait.
“President Gorman looks good,” Cooper commented.
“Yes, it is,” she replied. “Madam President Gorman. I like this idea. “
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