Michelle Obama interviews Amanda Gorman for Time about impostor syndrome and making poetry 'cool'

Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet and star of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, has met Michelle Obama only three times, most recently on Inauguration Day.

But she left a lasting impression on the former first lady, so much so that Obama interviewed Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, for her cover story in the upcoming issue of Time 杂志.
Gorman and Obama spoke remotely for the magazine’sBlack renaissance” 问题, which included work from anti-racism scholar Ibram X. Kendi, authors Brit Bennett and Jesmyn Ward and filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
In a wide-ranging conversation, the two discussed how to make poetrycool,” experiencing impostor syndrome as Black women at the peak of their powers and the sudden spotlight both fell intoObama in 2007, when her husband announced his presidential campaign, and Gorman in January, when millions of Americans watched her assuredly deliver her poem, “The Hill We Climb.
    Obama gushed to Gorman about how “骄傲” 的 poet’s Inauguration Day performance made her.
    You’ve always had so much poise and grace, but seeing you address the whole country like that, I couldn’t help thinking to myself: 好, this girl has grown all the way up,” 奥巴马说. “It made me so happy.
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    In another nod to “汉密尔顿” scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda, whom she referenced in an interview with Anderson Cooper, Gorman said the mantra she recites ahead of her performances was inspired by Miranda’s lyrics from the filmMoana.
    I really wanted something that I could repeat because I get so terrified whenever I perform,” 她说. “So my mantra is: ‘I’m the daughter of Black writers who are descended from Freedom Fighters who broke their chains and changed the world. They call me.'
    And she took inspiration, 太, 从 Obama’s speech at the 2016 民主国民大会, where she said, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
    When Obama asked Gorman if she had advice for young Black girls toearn their way into the spotlight,” the poet said that while she’s still learning how to navigate fame and media scrutiny, she’s focusing on thebig picture.
      You really have to crown yourself with the belief that what I’m about and what I’m here for is way beyond this moment,” Gorman said. “I’m learning that I am not lightning that strikes once. I am the hurricane that comes every single year, and you can expect to see me again soon.
      Gorman will next appear onscreen at the Super Bowl this Sunday, where she’ll perform a poem that honors threehonorary captainswho’ve worked on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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