Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman sparks inspiration at Kent State


National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Hannah Lawrence Reporter

Amanda Gorman’s poem at the presidential inauguration opened the eyes of Americans to the world of poetry.

Gorman, 22, took the title of youngest inaugural poet in history. She is also set to release two books in September. 

Carrie George, graduate fellow at the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State, said the poem was very moving.

“[It] didn’t feel artificial, it felt so balanced,” she said. “There’s something inspiring about having a powerful voice at such a young age.” 

To poets, they know how impactful poetry can be, and they’re ecstatic that the world is now aware.

David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, said he felt like she was an ambassador for the power of poetry.

“Even though millions of people were watching her, it felt like an individual experience,” he said. 

The Wick Poetry Center is currently making efforts to allow Gorman to speak at Kent State. It would be a part of their Reading Series. Hassler said there’s “no definite commitment yet, but we’re in the process.”

This event would be open to the public to better engage with the student body. 

“Poetry is a universal language,” Hassler said.

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