A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The poems cover current and historical events as well as references to important works of literature, Langston Hughes' "Let America Be America Again" and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick."
Healing is always possible if we face our troubles and actively cultivate love and hope.
Positive Role Models
The author is an African American woman with an auditory processing delay and a speech impediment, who nonetheless became the U.S. National Poet Laureate and one of only six poets to speak at U.S. presidential inauguration ceremonies, joining the company of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.
The author is a 23-year-old Black woman. The poems include content that highlights the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the United States.
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Violence & Scariness
There are direct and indirect references to the violence in American history. For example, in one poem, the author says "red seeps from the flag."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Call Us What We Carry is a collection of poetry by Amanda Gorman, inaugural poet for Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, and the first National Youth Poet Laureate. It explores the themes of trauma, hope, and healing in the American experience, for the collective as well as individuals.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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