Amanda Gorman, who also sang during Biden's inauguration, recited her poem "Chorus of the Captains" before the Super Bowl. (CNN) Inauguration Day was only the beginning for Amanda Gorman. She can now cross the Super Bowl off her bucket list as well. The singer read a poem before halftime of the game, which was played between New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons.
Gorman has been praised for her performance, with some calling it an honor to hear poetry read at the Super Bowl. She responded by saying that she was just trying to make people laugh and feel good about themselves.
Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate who wowed the nation at President Joe Biden's inauguration, read an original poem for Super Bowl 55 on Sunday, saluting frontline workers and three honorary game captains picked by the NFL. The annual event is watched by millions of people around the world.
Gorman is the first national youth poet laureate, and she was appointed by Biden in 2014. The role consists of writing poems and songs for distribution through social media channels and presenting readers with a challenge to write their own poems about issues important to young people. In addition to her work with the NFL, Gorman has written poems for other major events including the NBA Finals, World Cup soccer games, and the Olympic Games. She has also written poems for television shows such as "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons."
Gorman was born in 1989 in Montclair, New Jersey. She grew up in Armonk, New York, and attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. She currently attends Columbia University in New York City where she is studying literature and art history. Gorman is expected to graduate in 2013.
She is the author of several books of poetry for children and adults, including most recently This Is What It Means When They Say Your Work Will Live Forever (2013).
Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who stole the show during President Biden's inauguration, will perform in front of another large crowd on Super Bowl Sunday. Gorman will deliver an original poem before Super Bowl LV as part of both the in-stadium pregame ritual and the TV broadcast, the NFL said today. The game is being held this year in Atlanta.
Gorman has been called a "modern-day Robert Frost" by some critics because of her skill at making poetic statements out of ordinary language. She has written several poems about football, including one titled "To a God Who Does Not Exist But Must Be Wanted," which began with these lines: "If you're a god and don't want violence, / why do people kill each other? / Why would you allow such destruction? / I'm sure there must be a reason."
Gorman told ESPN that she was inspired to write the poem after two former teammates tried to kill each other while playing for the same college team.
She also wrote a poem about losing a friend to suicide that was read at his funeral. In it, Gorman says she hopes the world he left behind will find peace and happiness.
Courtesy of Robert Deutsch TODAY in the United States For Super Bowl 55, Amanda Gorman wrote a poem. NFL.com has all the latest sports news you need to know every day, from NFL plays to college sports scores. "James has borne the scars of combat, but this warrior still lives in a home with at-risk children." - Amanda Gorman wrote this poem for James Bradley, a U.S. Marine who was injured while serving in Afghanistan. He later received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama.
Amanda Gorman is an American poet and writer. She has published two books of poetry and one book of essays, and her work has appeared in many magazines and journals including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Zoetrope: All-Story. In 2010, she cofounded the creative writing program at American University in Washington, D.C.
Bradley is the first marine to be awarded the medal since it was created in 1861. He was honored for his actions on March 11, 2009 during a firefight with armed insurgents in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Gorman told NBC News that she wrote the poem over the course of several days in January 2009. She said she wanted to write something that would make people think about soldiers like James Bradley who have been wounded in battle but who continue to fight despite their injuries.
The Bidens were obviously aware of her: Gorman claims that inauguration authorities informed her that she had been nominated by the new first lady, Jill Biden. She's titled her first poem "The Hill We Climb," but she's not revealing any lines.
However, we do know that it was about honor and courage because Gorman included these two words in the title. The poem itself is pretty simple -- just three stanzas of iambic pentameter, with each stanza ending with a line containing all five syllables. Here's how it goes:
I want to go up on the hill my father used to tell me about - the one with the big stone wall where the grass grows so high you could lose yourself if you look long enough. I want to climb that hill, not because I think I'll find anything except maybe grief, but because going up there means facing my fears. It means taking the first step toward something bigger than myself.
The Bidens must have liked it too, because they named their daughter after Gorman.