Amanda Gorman is poetry’s newest superstar.

The 22-year-old poet captivated the nation on Wednesday with “The Hill We Climb,” the poem she read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Gorman, who made history as the youngest poet ever to read at a U.S. presidential inauguration, wore a caged bird ring, a reference to previous inaugural poet and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou, given to her by Oprah Winfrey, CBS news reports.

BuzzFeed posted the text of Gorman’s poem, which reads in part:


We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.
The new dawn balloons as we free it.
For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it.


On social media, reaction to Gorman’s poem was overwhelmingly positive. “Thank you, Amanda Gorman, for sharing such powerful and inspiring words today,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker.

And Sen. Jeff Merkley wrote, “Amanda Gorman captures the beauty, power, and hope of America in her words. Wow.”

“Every. Single. Word,” tweeted actor Skylar Astin. One of the greatest poems in history. And for our future. Thank you for this @TheAmandaGorman.”

Readers will have the opportunity to buy a picture book that includes Gorman’s poem later this year. Shortly after Gorman’s reading, Penguin Random House posted a webpage for The Hill We Climb: Poems, “a lyrical picture book debut” that’s slated for publication on Sept. 21.

Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.