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Amanda Gorman’s powerful and historic poem “The Hill We Climb”, read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration

“Stunning.” (CNN)

“Dynamic.” (NPR)

“Deeply rousing and uplifting.” (Vogue)

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special audiobook. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.

©2021 Amanda Gorman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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An important poem in American history

Just as it did on January 20, 2021, the reading of this poem made me cry. With the chaos of the past few years, this proverbial rising Phoenix offered a glimmer of hope that we will be alright. I’m happy to live this history. This is simply a masterpiece.

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Outstanding

❤❤❤ I can picture Amanda reading her beautiful poem for America at the Inaugural Jan 20, 2021. Her words no less powerful as she read them for publication. So excited to see how her life unfolds. When our young people hold such strength in their oration how can they help but rise, rise, rise, rise, rise...

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Absolutely Stunning

Love the cadence of the powerful message everyone should listen to over and over until it soaks into our very bones.

“There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to BE it.” Amanda Gorman

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Amazing and rich in wisdom and Grace

I remember a moment years ago when Maya Angelou stepped up to the podium during the inauguration of Bill Clinton and delivered her poem called a rock a river and a tree. I was Spellbound Andrew to love Maya Angelou. I have the opportunity to meet her and speak with her hold hands together. in the few moments I spoke with her we had tears in her eyes and smile on our faces. when Amanda Gorman stepped up to the podium, I once again was completely Spellbound. the words she spoke we're so rich and wisdom and Grace, I was overcome by emotions and I felt as if I was drinking a healing balm. this was a moment in history, and the lights of this country are lit once again and we'll burn brightly forever. A huge thank you to Amanda Gorman, for her grace and beauty and love for this country. this is an incredible recording one that you can listen to over and over again and be inspired over and over again!

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Powerful!

Powerful, hopeful, and beautiful. Full expression of Love and Light!! Ordered the full book of poetry due out in September, but ordered this Audible version to hear her powerful words NOW.

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Totally Enthralling!

Such a shining star for our future! Amanda Gorman is simply amazing and inspiring in her reading!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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Inspirational

Watched her live in January, breathed a sigh of hope. Beautiful just falls short, there are just not words.

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Inspiring!

I had the pleasure to watch this performed when I watched the inauguration on television. It was powerful then, and even more so now. I can easily see listening to this whenever I need a dose of strength and purpose. Well done, Amanda!

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Even better with each listen

Typically, I don’t reread. But this is not a typical book, and Amanda Gorman did not write and read a typical poem. I heard it live, tears streaming down my face, cautious optimism bravely peeking out of my battered soul. I felt it live, and rejoiced.

Each time I listen to it, it is wonderful — and, if possible, better. Better because I know what comes next. Better because I hear and feel something new each time. Better because of this poet.

We are getting better, and this art is making a difference.

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Awesome!

When I hear this young girl share her timely words, it makes me remember why I am American. Everything from the past mixed with the now...absolutely everything. An incredible poem! Thank you, future Madame President.

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