Twenty-two-year-old Amanda Gorman has been the talk of the nation thanks to her reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration. Since that performance, she’s received praise and attention from celebrities like Oprah and Lin Manuel Miranda, and her books are sold out everywhere. The inauguration has made her a superstar overnight, and now she is set to perform on a different but still national stage with a few other superstars.
On February 7th, Gorman will read a poem before the start of the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Her poem will honor the three honorary captains for the game, so named for their incredible work throughout the COVID pandemic. They are educator Trimaine Davis, nurse Suzie Dorner, and Marine veteran James Martin.
Poetry is an often overlooked area of the literary world, so to see it being shared with such a massive audience and getting more attention is really uplifting to see.
And even if sports aren’t your thing, then Gorman’s poem gives you something more than the commercials and half-time show to be excited for during the Super Bowl. Gorman is brilliant with words, and I can’t wait to hear what she brings to honor all of those working hard during the pandemic.
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