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The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman
Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, this beautifully designed volume features poems in many inventive styles and structures and shines a light on a moment of reckoning. Call Us What We Carry reveals that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.
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A bright star in the poetry world even before she stole the spotlight at Joe Biden’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman offers a compelling collection of poems reflecting on the past and present, while also laying the foundation for a hopeful future. Full of experiments in form and style, these poems are a call to action and a request for unity—not just nationally but globally. It’s empowering while never feeling sickly sweet. Believe us, Gorman can pack a serious punch with her words. Exploring big themes including grief, identity, American life, racial inequality, and the pandemic, Gorman makes them all feel incredibly personal. Her descriptions are so emotive, don’t be surprised if you start to feel like she’s speaking directly to you. Her voice is melodic, carrying a weight and self-awareness well beyond her years. Call Us What We Carry is cathartic, exciting, and necessary. Gorman’s impactful words left us with a resounding feeling of hope for the world.