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Poet Amanda Gorman Sits Down With Oprah Winfrey

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Poet Amanda Gorman: The poet Amanda Gorman wowed her audience through her poetry reading on the inauguration day of US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

She will now revisit the reading on the Apple TV+ series “The Oprah Conversation”. The interview will be out on Friday.

In a statement, Oprah Winfrey said that the 23-old-Gorman, “stepped into a moment in history with enormous grace and dignity.” She further added, “I was enthralled by her youthful spirit from the first moment we met, and very much looked forward to hearing her unpack all that has happened to her the past few months.”

On Jan 20, Gorman recited “The Hill We Climb” in the swearing-in ceremony for Biden and Harris. In the interview with Winfrey, Gorman discusses how she approached the creation of the poem, the literary figures she draws her inspiration from, personal stories from her past and hopes for the future. In a clip from the interview, Gorman says, “It felt meaningful, not only for me but in a broader sense.” She adds that her work is “something that the world needed to hear and that I needed to write. Very rarely do you get that type of luxury as a poet, in which your words aren’t just meeting the moment, but making the moment in history.”

In an earlier episode of the show, Winfrey interviewed Harry and Meghan, who gave details regarding why they left their royal duties and are now starting their life afresh in California. They also shared that someone in the palace had speculated how dark their then-unborn child, Archie, would be.

Other eminent personalities who have earlier been interviewed on “The Oprah Conversation” include former U.S. President Barack Obama, Matthew McConaughey, Stevie Wonder and Ibrahim X. Kendi.

Amanda Gorman intends to run the U.S. Presidential elections in 2036. She has repeated this dream of hers on various occasions.