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Call Us What We Carry

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Timeless poetry tackles 2020 events, pandemic.

Book Amanda Gorman Poetry 2021
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Scholarly and emotionally grounded, these poems are a balm. In Call Us What We Carry, by Amanda Gorman, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hill We Climb (a special edition release of the poem she performed to accolades at Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th U.S. president), the author dives into the societal troubles that preoccupy many of us. She maps these to history, Joseph Campbell's "monomyth" (also known as "the hero's journey"), and clothes some of her words in emotionally charged visual images, including the face mask and the American flag. (The latter image, in a poem titled "American(TM)," shares a page with a poem titled "Faith and Fury.") The material in this book is best suited to mature middle-grade readers and teens; the content may go over the heads of younger readers.

Book Details

  • Author: Amanda Gorman
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Topics: Activism , Adventures , Great Girl Role Models
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: December 17, 2021
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (abridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: January 4, 2022

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