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The 22-year-old from California is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. 1
"I had a speech impediment, so I couldn't use my voice, then I would author my voice on the page. 1
On becoming the inaugural poet, Gorman told the New York Timesthat she was both honored and overwhelmed with the monumental task of writing a poem with the message of unity for the nation. 1
"Poetry is a weapon. 1
"I think what I've taken from Rouault is banalities-that you don't need to tell very complicated stories, it's how you bend it. 1[...] Say it with a clown, with a nun, with Jesus, or with a man who's hanging from his neck. 1[...] I think the older you get, the less fear you have of these basic things. 1
And you want to tell your story through very complicated narratives. 1
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CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping By Matthew Salesses
f I were to visit a floor plan of my artist obsessions and wander from room to room, there would be artists I will always have deep feelings for, the ones who provoke or engage especially, some for whom my affections have cooled, some I ought to revisit, some whose work is sewn organically to life experience and therefore exerts a nostalgic tug and some I've gone right off.
Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer is different from most of the baseball books I've reviewed here. It's more of a literary work than a sports book per se.
Today, the nation watched in awe as Amanda Gorman read her powerful poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration-and then immediately Googled everything she's ever said and written.
When she stood at the inauguration podium Wednesday and read her poem "The Hill We Climb," 22-year-old Amanda Gorman inspired the whole world.