Call Us What We Carry

Call Us What We Carry
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January 23, 2024
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The instant #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller

The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, this beautifully designed volume features poems in many inventive styles and structures and shines a light on a moment of reckoning. Call Us What We Carry reveals that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.

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poignant and insightful collection of poetry
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CALL US WHAT WE CARRY is a stunning collection of poetry that encompasses a variety of topics from the pandemic to war to ongoing social concerns. The breadth and variety of styles is striking with clever use of form to convey emotion and different topics. The poetry is quite potent with powerful and thought-provoking messages throughout. There were several poems that I found personally impactful, and throughout, I think there are different poems that will speak to different people in their own ways.

The poems can be read in any order, and I found it most poignant when picking them up over time and digesting them slowly. These would be fantastic for a book club to discuss and explore. Gorman is quite insightful and gifted with words - the style is certainly unique even across topics and formats, bringing them together into a thoughtful and powerful collection that is definitely worth exploring. Highly recommend picking this one up!
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