The energetic 22-year-old is the only poet to ever perform at the National Football League championship game, which is America's most-watched telecast of the year. He made his debut in 2014 during the Pepsi Halftime Show. Mathers' poem was chosen by audience vote and he will be back again this year to read another one.
Gary has been a fan of football since he was a child when his father would take him to New York City games. He started writing poems at age 14 after being inspired by others' work and grew more confident as he went on to study literature at Duke University. After graduating in 2003, he moved to San Francisco where he now lives with his wife and son.
In addition to writing poetry, Gary also releases music under the name OFM (Oh My). He has said that music and poetry are for people who think they're not.
Courtesy of Robert Deutsch USA Amanda Gorman wrote a poem for Super Bowl 55 today. Every day, we bring you the most important sports news, from NFL plays to college sports scores. "James has battle wounds, yet this warrior still lives among at-risk children." - Amanda Gorman.
Amanda Gorman is an American poet and writer who currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has been published in a number of journals including The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Kenyon Review, and her work has also appeared in several books including The Best American Poetry 2015.
Gorman's poem was inspired by a photograph of James Hardy II, a four-year-old boy who was beaten with baseball bats and shot with a pellet gun last year in North Carolina. He survived his injuries but will need multiple surgeries after being found by strangers on a sidewalk. When asked why he continued living after being injured in such a brutal way, he replied: "Because I have battle wounds, yet this warrior still lives among at-risk children."
The poem is part of a new series called #PoemFor, which was created in response to the death of George H. W. Bush. Other poets who have contributed so far include Mark Doty, Elizabeth Alexander, Heather McHugh, and Jorie Graham.
One notable aspect of his career is its late start. Stafford was 46 years old when his first major book of poems, Traveling Through the Dark, was released, and it received the National Book Award for Poetry in 1963. One of his most well-known compositions is the title poem. Written in 1948 while he was serving as a naval officer in Japan, it describes the loneliness of duty and the glory of nature.
Stafford was born on March 2nd, 1918 in Delta, Michigan. His father was a schoolteacher who also dabbled in farming. His mother was a homemaker who enjoyed writing poetry and stories from an early age. She encouraged her son to do the same.
After retiring from the Navy in 1950, Stafford moved to New York City where he worked as a proofreader for various publications. It wasn't until later that he started writing poems himself. In 1958 he published his first collection titled Traveling Through the Dark which included poems written over the previous ten years. The book received critical acclaim and won the National Book Award for Poetry.
In 1963, two more books were released: Visions and Versions (which included new poems as well as revisions of older ones) and Landscapes & Portraits (a collection of photographs accompanied by some of his own prose).
In 1966, Stafford married poet Mary Jo Salter.
Poetry was featured as an official category in the Olympics for most of the twentieth century. Poets were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for epic and lyric poetry in the arts-inspired Pentathlon of the Muses, alongside athletes. However, after 1966 when these events were removed from the program, poetry lost its status as an Olympic discipline.
There were two phases to the introduction of poetry into the Olympics: a creative phase that ran from 1912 to 1960 and an artistic phase that followed from 1961 to 1964. During this time, various competitions were held including pentathlons (five poems or plays) and duotones (two poems by the same author). In addition, there were individual events for poets such as the epode (six lines) and dactylic hexameter (six feet).
Many famous poets have been involved with the Olympics including Lord Byron who won a bronze medal for his contribution to lyrical poetry, Robert Frost who won a silver medal for his work on "The Ode", and T. S. Eliot who won a gold medal for his role in the creation of modernist poetry.
In conclusion, yes, the Olympics have had poetry ever since they began more than a hundred years ago. Even though it is no longer part of the program, poetry remains part of the Olympic spirit with various competitions held each year throughout the world.