Since the 2021 presidential inauguration, inaugural poet Amanda Gorman has garnered a lot of attention for her eloquent recitation of her original poem, The Hill We Climb. In just a day’s time, she gained over 2 million followers on Instagram and her books rose to first and second place on Amazon—they are also available to purchase from independent bookstores here and here. People are obviously taking notice of her remarkable talent and becoming inspired by her powerful words.
If you’re looking for more from the talented Youth Poet Laureate, there are plenty of outlets where you can find her poetry. In fact, in 2018, she wrote a poem about climate change dedicated to former Vice President Al Gore, entitled Earthrise. Gorman wrote the poem for an initiative by The Climate Reality Project—an organization dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging action on climate change.
Earthrise gained its title from the iconic photograph of the Earth rising above the Moon taken by the astronauts of Apollo 8. Scroll down to hear Gorman’s moving recitation of the poem.