• Call Us What We Carry

  • Poems
  • By: Amanda Gorman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Gorman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (331 ratings)

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Call Us What We Carry

By: Amanda Gorman
Narrated by: Amanda Gorman
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The instant number one New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best seller
 

The breakout poetry collection by number one New York Times best-selling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by number one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2021 Amanda Gorman (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic reviews

 “An inspired anthem for the next generation - a remarkable poetry debut.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

 “Gorman’s thoughtfulness and activist spirit shine through on every page.” (Publishers Weekly) 

“In seven sections and through poems that often experiment with form, the book sets out to tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic from a collective point of view, with Gorman exploring the grief, hope and wisdom that come from a period of shared tragedy." (Time) 

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Editor's Pick

A treasure to keep
Yes, I am one of those people who cried when Amanda Gorman appeared on the West Front of the US Capitol and recited her poem ''The Hill We Climb'' during the presidential inauguration in January 2021. She owned that massive stage. Her words were moving, powerful, and as memorable as the bright yellow coat she wore. What strikes me the most when listening to this collection of Gorman’s poetry is just how intimate and conversational it is—it reveals a different side of her powerful oration. The words and imagery are striking, but also gentle and calming. I just love her voice! Her poems are brilliantly high-minded and, while challenging, totally accessible and a joy to take in. —Tricia F., Audible Editor

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STUNNING!

I absolutely loved this audiobook. I also read along with a hard copy to add to the experience because the illustrations in the book are very poignant to the overall work. Amanda Gorman is the scholarly poet of a generation. This is the second book I have read with an emphasis on Language and how it is the make or break for humanity and how Gorman dissects language in this piece in particular is a masterclass. The research she did and the remix and personal artistry that she put on history is peak expressionism. I learned so much from this work and it needs to be put in like a bunker/museum so in 1000 years when the aliens or who ever is occupying earth can fully comprehend what the American dream/nightmare/reality looks like actualized in 2020.

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One note - and that note is angst

It felt like Ms. Gorman was trying way too hard to be deep and meaningful and rail against the night...
in every single line, in every single poem. There wasn't a happy, fun, or light-hearted one in the bunch, just an endless stream of lectures about the importance of soldiering on against the world.

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Narration not up to par for poetry

I couldn’t listen past the first 5 poems. The lack of passion and clear pronunciation left the prose feeling flat and emotionless.

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Absolutely amazing

Love the way it was written amazing poetry in this book. If you have a chance to read it totally recommend

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The History in poem

Loved the beautiful word flow. It made me listen from start to finish and never was bored.

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Intense

There are some intense poems although in some others, understanding the reason for its form remains a puzzle.

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Brilliant

The ways she has captured such a tumultuous era for the us is profound. I’m not typically a fan of poetry but what Gorman has done here is exquisite. Listening to her read her own words with the emphasis and cadence she intended is pure magic. I was moved to tears, laughter, rage, and every other emotion under the sun. This will become a anchor point in literary history.

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Beautifully Read

Like a lot of people, I truly love Amanda's inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb". This book I felt like some of her poems felt too repetitive. There were a few I couldn't even finish listen. Overall, I think she reads beautifully and her eclectic words are woven perfectly in some of her poems.

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A beautiful resonant truth

Ms Gorman has paid attention to the expanse of our experience through pandemic and has rendered a hope for us all. I am grateful.

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Beautiful

Amanda is a genius and I appreciate everything she does, I’m ready for another book!!!

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