Amanda Gorman Writes Year-End Poem, ‘New Day’s Lyric’

Amanda Gorman Writes Year-End Poem, ‘New Day’s Lyric’

Amanda Gorman ends her extraordinary year on a note of hope.

The 23-year-old poet, whose reading of her own “The Hill We Climb” during the inauguration of President Joe Biden caused a stir around the world, released a new work on Wednesday to mark the end of 2021. “New Day’s Lyric” is a five-stanza, 48-line resolution with themes of struggle and healing familiar to fans of “The Hill We Climb” and his hit collection “Call Us What We Carry,” which was released in early December. :

“What was cursed, we will heal.

What has been tormented, we will prove pure.

Where we tend to argue, we’ll try to agree,

These fortunes we left behind, now the future we foresee,

Where we were unaware, we are now awake;

Those moments we missed

Now are those times that we do,

The times we meet,

And our hearts, once all beaten together,

Now fight all together.

Poets rarely appreciate the kind of attention Gorman received in 2021, but in an email to The Associated Press, she reflected less on her own success and more on the state of the country. Gorman wrote that the “chaos and instability” of the past year had made him reject the idea of ​​”returning to normal” and instead fight to “go beyond”. She mentioned Maya Angelou’s ‘Human Family’ poem and added, “Being one family, one country, doesn’t require us to be the same or agree on everything, only that we keep trying to see each other’s best and move towards a shared future. Whether we like it or not, we’re in this together.

Gorman offered an alliterative response when asked what inspired “New Day’s Lyric,” telling the AP that she “wanted to write a lyric to honor the struggles, hurts, hope and healing of 2021 while highlighting the potential of 2022”.

“It’s such a unique New Year’s Day because even as we toast our glasses to the future, we still hold our heads down for what’s been lost,” she wrote. “I think one of the most important things the New Year reminds us of is that old adage: This too shall pass. You can’t relive the same day twice, which means every dawn is a new one and every year an opportunity to step into the light.

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