Sales records, laurel wreaths: the United States has been passionate about young black poet Amanda Gorman since her highly regarded performance at Joe Biden’s investiture ceremony.
Three of his works – a collection of poems, a children’s book and a special edition of the verses recited for the new American president – were topped Friday in book sales on Amazon.
However, none have yet been published: they will only be released in April, or even in September for Change Sings, illustrated odes for the youngest.
This did not prevent buyers from pre-ordering them en masse, so much so that the young artist and activist now exceeds Barack Obama, whose memoirs, A Promised Land, are only in 5th position in this bestseller list.
The former president was impressed by the young woman who, at just 22, recited an ode to her creation on Wednesday with amazing grace and confidence: The Hill we climb (the hill we climb).
She “did more than embody the moment. Young people like her are proof that there is always light, if we are brave enough to see it. If we’re brave enough to be that light, ”he tweeted, borrowing his verses.
TV star Oprah Winfrey, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and even Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala have also praised her work.
In one day, she gained two million followers on Instagram, and over a million on Twitter. His verses have even been set to music by the musician Rostam Batmanglij.
A native of Los Angeles, raised by a single mother, Amanda Gorman suffered from stuttering as a child – as the 46th president – which encouraged her to turn to writing.
A child prodigy, she won her first poetry award at age 16, and was crowned the country’s “best young poet” three years later, while studying sociology at prestigious Harvard University.
Before her, five other poets, including Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, attended the investiture ceremonies of American presidents, but none were so young.
His name was whispered to the organizers of the ceremony by Jill Biden, the president’s wife, who attended one of his readings. Their order, placed in December: that she write an ode to “United America”, echoing the speech of the Democrat.
She had only written half of the text when supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6. Horrified, she wrote in one go the end of her poem which, without denying the ills of the country, advocates unity to move forward. “We are not a broken Nation, only an unfinished Nation”.