America captivated by young Black poet after inaugural reading

Washington (AFP) – 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. 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 Jil…

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