Poetry Break

“The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

I was introduced to the words of Amanda Gorman in the same way most of you were – through her inauguration poem recited on January 20, 2021 when President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in as the leaders of this country. As the nation took in a collected sigh of relief, this young woman stood before the nation and told us that in order stop the divide of this country “we must first put our differences aside,” and to “lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms/to one another.”

There’s a lot wrong and ugly with this country. To call it ideology is a great disservice to the actual issue. Ideology should argue what to conserve and what to progress in this country, not who gets hold down another. Not which citizen gets to vote, and which voice falls on deaf ears.

As I drafted this, Georgia made it illegal to hand out water for those waiting in long lines at the polls. Made it more difficult for the working class to vote on election day by shortening up the hours in which they can cast their ballot. Arkansas has decided that trans youth doesn’t deserve the right to healthcare. And several other states want to pass similar voting and human rights laws.

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Poetry Break

National Poetry Month 2021

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  1. “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman
  2. “Fight for Love” by Andrea Gibson
  3. “To Elsie” by William Carlos Williams
  4. “A Life of Errands” by Leonard Cohen
  5. “American Arithmetic” by Natalie Diaz
  6. “In the Event of My Demise” by Tupac Amaru Shakur
  7. “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Richard Wilbur
  8. “Grief Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Sherman Alexie
  9. “Stone” by Charles Simic
  10. “Said the Shotgun to the Head” by Saul Williams
  11. “Memoir” by Vijay Seshadri
  12. “You Love a River” by Ire’ne Lara Silva
  13. “Process for Undocumented Students” by Celina Gomez
  14. “Mama Said” by Isaac Nellum
  15. “Heaven, or Whatever” by Shane Koyczan
  16. “April 16, 2007” by Jared Singer
  17. “Stop and Frisk” by Claudia Rankine
  18. “Pearl” by Ted Kooser
  19. “A Statement from No One, Incorporated” by Justin Phillip Reed
  20. “Grace” by Joy Harjo
  21. “Wanting to Die” by Anne Sexton
  22. “Going Back to Sleep” by Molly Brodak
  23. “I Love You Big Brother” by Alex Lemon
  24. “Declaration” by Tracy K. Smith
  25. “Whiteness Walks Into a Bar” by Franny Choi
  26. “History Reconsidered” by Clint Smith III
  27. “The Color of COVID” by Darius Simpson
  28. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
  29. “How to Read a Poem” by Guillermo
  30. “Earthrise” by Amanda Gorman