I was so impressed by presidential inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, that I was excited for her book of poetry, Call Us What We Carry. It does include The Hill We Climb.
cover blurb - This luminous poetry collection captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing.
These poems shine a light on a moment of reckoning and reveal that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.
Poetry is tricky and I'll have to re-read some to plumb the true depths. But some poems spoke boldly, just hit me with the power of her words. Her rhythms are strong and there's a musical beat to so many of the poems.
Here's an example of strong imagery from Ship's Manifest.
First stanza Allegedly the worst is behind us
Still we crouch before the lip of tomorrow
Halting like a headless hant in our own home
Waiting to remember exactly
What it is we're supposed to be doing
I know poetry isn't for everyone, but if you love words and want to dip your toe in the poetry pool, Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman is a good place to start.