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The Hill We Climb and Other Poems
The Hill We Climb and Other Poems | Amanda Gorman
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A collection of poetry by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman Including "The Hill We Climb," the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, this collection of the same name reveals an energizing and unforgettable new voice in America poetry.
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Zoe-h
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What more can be said about this than what‘s already been said? It‘s written by a twenty-two year old and presented at a presidential inauguration. This needs to be taught in schools.

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BarbaraJean
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“Who are we, if not
What we make of the dark.”

—from “The Unordinary World” in Call Us What We Carry

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BarbaraJean
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“The densest despair takes
Us to no ordinary joy.
Sometimes diving
Into the deep inside us
Is the only way
We rise above it.”

—from “Essex II” in Call Us What We Carry

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BarbaraJean
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Such a fantastic collection of poetry. She has a wide range here: erasure poems, lots that feel like spoken word poems, and many that play with form on the page. From pandemic poems to protest poems—this is very much an encapsulation of the past couple years (and it‘s amazing the connections she draws out between present day, and WW1 and the 1918 flu pandemic). Gorman is a talented poet and her voice is such an important one right now.

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BarbaraJean
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Um... go home, Goodreads; you're drunk. The list of other similar books is just as odd, including detective fiction, romance, a kids' dinosaur book, classic sci-fi, a book by Jenna Bush Hager, and “The Manga Guide to Statistics.“ 😂

megnews How bizarre! 4mo
kspenmoll Whatttt?? 4mo
Kristin_Reads 🤣 4mo
DivineDiana There‘s a computer glitch somewhere! 😂 4mo
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BarbaraJean
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“To be haunted is to be hunted
By a history that is still hurting,
Needing healing as much as we do.

& just like that, through poetry,
We have recalled what was not ours,
Made the past the same as our pang.
This may be the only way we learn.”

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Bookwormjillk
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Great poetry collection. This almost read like a time capsule from the last two years.

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4thhouseontheleft
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I‘ve loved this poem ever since I first heard it at last year‘s Inauguration. With that being exactly one year ago this week, of course I had to revisit it again when I spotted it on a community bookshelf at a local tea lounge. (That is also black-owned and my new favorite spot in Charlotte!) 💜#poetry

4thhouseontheleft Fulfills #pop22 book you can read in one sitting and #poetrychallenge Book 1 4mo
RaeLovesToRead That teapot & cups are awesome 💕 4mo
KathyWheeler I just read this recently too. 4mo
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IndoorDame I love that poem too. And what a beautiful place to read it! 4mo
4thhouseontheleft @RaeLovesToRead @IndoorDame They are so cute! The owner has a whole wall of mugs and tea cups, so you can pick your own. Although now I feel bad for going out, as soon as we left, I found out my daughter's friend who spent the whole weekend snowed in with us, tested positive for Covid. 😬 They developed symptoms yesterday after going home. (edited) 4mo
IndoorDame @4thhouseontheleft I hope you and your family are okay 🤞🏼 4mo
4thhouseontheleft @IndoorDame I hope so too! I'm a bit on edge right now, but I do qualify for the antibody treatment if I get sick. All 3 of us are fully vaxxed and boosted (but so is her friend). 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Hope you haven't caught it 🤞🤞🤞 Fingers crossed. 4mo
marleed My granddaughter turned one 29Oct21 and my daughter made a treasure box to be saved and opened on their 18th birthdays (she has a twin brother!). Of course, this poem/ book is what I had to include in her treasure chest! I can‘t wait to know who both Amanda Gorman and RíEllie will be in 2038! (Okay, maybe I can wait because I‘ll be seriously old in 2038!) 4mo
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BarbaraJean
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Every day we are learning
How to live with essence, not ease.
How to move with haste, never hate.
How to leave this pain that is beyond us
Behind us.
Just like a skill or any art,
We cannot possess hope without practicing it.
It is the most fundamental craft we demand of ourselves.

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TamTracy
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Beautiful and thought provoking. I loved so many of these poems. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BeaG
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I loved it.

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BarbaraJean
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“Shall this leave us bitter?
Or better?

Grieve.

Then choose.”

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Not sure why Litsy doesn‘t have the right book/title available… this is from her new book, Call Us What We Carry. 💙

GypsyKat I do notice that Litsy is a little behind when it comes to adding books. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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BookInMyHands
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The name of this book changed and Litsy doesn‘t have the updated title yet. This was a stellar read. A perfect book to reflect on the world as we move into a new year. I love Gorman‘s voice and look forward to watching her as a poet.

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Kristin_Reads
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Inspiring | Luminous | Collage 📖 1-2-22
Not sure why I can‘t find the appropriate tag in Litsy….
Poetry that shines a light on a moment of reckoning and harnesses the collective grief of the global pandemic through an imaginative collage of words.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Mitch
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“Where wisdom flows in cadences that sync with the thrum of our blood, the beat of our hearts” - Oprah Winfrey couldn‘t have described the power of this poem any better

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kissmehardy
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(Litsy doesn't have this listing yet - WTF?) Amanda Gorman punched me in the face and torso throughout this collection, and I relished it. So much poignant phrasing that resonated with me so deeply. #poetry

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Mitch
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Happy Christmas Eve everyone. Thank you SO much for my wonderful #jolabokaflodswap box @Yuki_Onna It‘s fabulous. Two amazing reads and marzipan! My day is set. Thank you. Happy Holidays everyone xxx

Cathythoughts Lovely stuff ❤️ 5mo
Mitch @Cathythoughts the pistachio marzipan is a new one for me and I can confirm it is utterly delicious! 5mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 😍 5mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 5mo
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Christine
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She‘s just so good. Beyond the inaugural poem, I‘m biased to adore her because of her background studying sociology, which I see everywhere in her writing. I LOVED her pandemic-related poems in this collection and how she names and analyzes some elements of that in new and brilliant ways. I also love that my assumptions of what “Call Us What We Carry” might be referencing were totally wrong.

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silentrequiem
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This collection is starting off amazing!

This book is a message in a bottle.
This book is a letter.
This book does not let up.
This book is awake.
This book is a wake.
For what is a record but a reckoning?

#poetry

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Tanner
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Just received this today and have enjoyed just looking at it - looking forward to slowly savouring this one.

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merelybookish
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Back in March, a 7 year-old boy dressed up as poet Amanda Gorman for his school's Spirit Day. 🤩 (from Today.com)
#idol #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

Ruthiella So cute! 😍 8mo
TheSpineView Adorable! ❤ 8mo
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️ 8mo
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marleed Ohhhh! 8mo
WJCintron Adorable! 😍 8mo
GingerAntics 💙💙💙 I love this little guy so much!!! 🥰🥰🥰 8mo
kspenmoll Oh I live this!!! 8mo
BiblioLitten Love this post! ♥️ 8mo
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AnneCecilie
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Powerful, just powerful.

“For there is always light,
If only we‘re brave enough to see it,
If only we‘re brave enough to be it.”

I loved this poem som much, and especially the quoted lines, that I might buy her poetry collection when it‘s published.

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SW-T
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I read this while listening to the audiobook and it made me smile. Good poetry can do that.

#poetry #poetrymatters

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kspenmoll
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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Librarybelle
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Today seemed like an appropriate day to revisit this inspiring poem. While I am not a poetry reader usually, Gorman‘s rhythm and cadence of speech in this is so uplifting and breathtaking.

Try reading this without getting misty-eyed…

CoverToCoverGirl I gifted a copy of this to a friend of my daughter-in-law‘s new baby girl‘s time capsule. 11mo
Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl A great gift! And a time capsule is a fun idea! 11mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 76/150.

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Bookwormjillk
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Bookish street art in downtown Charlottesville, VA.

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Literaturenut
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Melismatic
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Perfectly captures a specific moment in time, like lightning in a bottle.

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Cortg
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I picked this up from the library. It‘s nice to see Amanda Gorman‘s powerful poem in print and I could hear myself reading it in verse like she spoke it at the inauguration. I‘ll probably pick up my own copy since it‘s a nice piece of history and I‘d like to support her.

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Chelsea.Poole
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A gorgeous poem from an amazing young woman who has become a symbol of hope for many. I love the way the cover art matches her jacket from the inauguration. I cannot wait to see the amazing things Amanda Gorman does with her life! 🇺🇸

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I thought this was her poetry collection, but I'm still not disappointed in the single poem she recited at the inauguration! Now I get to buy her collection.

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TrishB
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#bookhaul
For the first time in 14 months I have been to a book shop. Felt wonderful. Brought a few books, top two on the left are my daughters ❤️❤️

Christine An excellent haul, and so happy for your triumphant return! ❤️ 13mo
Leftcoastzen Wow, nice haul ! I love the smell of bookstores in the morning! 13mo
LeahBergen How exciting! 👏🏻 13mo
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TrishB @Christine I love that- a triumphant return 😁 13mo
TrishB @Leftcoastzen felt wonderful 😁 13mo
TrishB @LeahBergen it definitely was! ♥️ 13mo
squirrelbrain How lovely! Hope you like the Lockwood; be interesting to see how it works in print.... 13mo
BarbaraBB Looks fantastic. I just started the Lockwood and am curious of the Tudor! 13mo
MsMelissa Nice!!! Now you can ignore my question on your most recent post 😊 13mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain let you know when I get to it! 13mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB I‘ll be interested in your review 😁 13mo
Kdgordon88 Nice haul, so happy to hear you were free to do something good for your soul! 13mo
youneverarrived Great haul! I really liked Harmless Like You 🤍 13mo
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on 13mo
Cinfhen Was it REALLY 14 months?!?!?! That‘s insane.....so glad you were able to FINALLY revisit ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
TrishB @Kdgordon88 it felt great 😁 13mo
TrishB @youneverarrived that‘s good to hear 👍🏻 13mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to it. Foyles was the last time before today! 13mo
Cupcake12 Great selection...enjoy x 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a great feeling after such a long time. 🥰 Nice haul, haven‘t read any of them 😁 13mo
Kalalalatja How wonderful 💕 13mo
TrishB @Cupcake12 @erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja bookshops are wonderful of course, as is just doing something normal! 13mo
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alexus_sb
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“Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true,
that even as we grieved, we grew,
that even as we hurt, we hoped,
that even as we tired, we tried,
that we'll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat,
but because we will never again sow division.”

Amanda Gorman is so deserving of the praise that she's received. Each time I hear this poem, my heart stops a bit — it‘s breathtakingly beautiful.
#poetry

Nute Yes! 5mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Simply amazing! Need I say more? Can hardly wait to hear more from this astounding woman! #AxeTheStacks

marleed I purchased a copy to place in my 5-mo granddaughter‘s 1st birthday treasure chest - to be opened when she turns 18. I hope RíEllie is thrilled to have a first edition of Ms Gorman‘s first book and that she‘s been inspired by her for her whole life. 13mo
Come-read-with-me @marleed That is amazing! What a wonderful gift you are giving her. 💕 13mo
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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Judybskt
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Loved this! Getting comfy under a new quilt.

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amma-keep-reading
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A song of optimism and hope that should be played on repeat.

Special thanks to libro.fm for a copy of the audiobook and Penguin Random House for a physical copy of the book.

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mdemanatee
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My Mom sent me a much appreciated care package—including goodies from a local indie

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actualdisneyprincess
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I could have posted about every single page. 🤷🏻‍♀️😭 #thehillweclimb #amandagorman #inauguralpoet #blackgirlmagic #america #inauguration2021 #poetry #nationalpoetrymonth

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ElleSkel
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Book mail 😍😍😍
🤓📚👏🏼📖❤️

SW-T Nice selection! Love those bookends. Happy reading to you. 😊 14mo
ElleSkel Thanks @SW-T ! 14mo
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Kshakal
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We need to hear more of this in the daily! #inundated #springsentiments @Eggs

Eggs 🧡👏🏻💛 14mo
Come-read-with-me YES!!! 14mo
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licia.reads
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Glad to have a commemorative copy of such a powerful moment for our country. This young lady is a true inspiration. #poetry #representationmatters #blitsy

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DakotaWilde
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So excited to have my own copy of this. 📚

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CuriousG
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So excited this finally came! Now, to wait for the rest of her poems when they are released later this year.

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CaitZ
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I borrowed this from Overdrive because I wanted to read the poem. It's still as good as the first time. I'm going to wait for her book that has more poems before I buy.

marleed My daughter told me that her local Walmart received 8 copies yesterday, and one person was waiting for them to be shelved and picked up all 8 copies. It is rather cool that so many people want this first edition! 14mo
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TheBookHippie
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“American is more than a pride we inherit,
it's the past we step into
and how we repair it.
We've seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
it can never be permanently defeated.”

Annie1215 Is this just a special edition of the inaugural poem or is it a whole book of poems? I‘d be curious before buying. Either is good, just wondering 😀 14mo
TheBookHippie @Annie1215 this is the inaugural poem only -her poems book comes out later, as does her picture book. September 21 for those two. (edited) 14mo
Annie1215 @TheBookHippie thanks! I was sort of hoping there was going to be a version that was solely the inaugural poem! 14mo
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kspenmoll
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#bookmail #inauguralpoem #2021 #BidenHarris

For there is always light,
If only we‘re brave enough to see it,
If only we‘re brave enough to be it.

Come-read-with-me I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive! 14mo
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marleed
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Look what I bought today! My granddaughter does not turn 1 until Oct 29, but this is my gift for her treasure box that will remained sealed until her 18th birthday in 2038. By then Amanda plans to be President. Won‘t RíEllie love owning a brand new first edition of this inaugural poem!

TrishB What a great idea ♥️ 14mo
Butterfinger How precious!! 14mo
Tera66 💖 14mo
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Reggie What a lovely idea! Are you putting in notes or anything of why you chose those books? 14mo
Megabooks Great idea! 14mo
marleed @Reggie @Megabooks. I love this idea. Fortunately I have 7 months to decide what to write in it. She‘s a twin, so my challenge is to find just the right treasure for my grandson‘s box! 14mo
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