US’ youngest poet laureate an inspiration to Georgia Southern students

Miriam Boston, Correspondent

The United States’ youngest poet laureate delivered her poem in the U.S. Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday, inspiring many Georgia Southern students who watched her on screen.

Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old Harvard graduate, read her six-minute long poem, “The Hill We Climb,” to audiences across the nation. The full length poem can be found here.

“A Nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished. We are the successors of a country and a time,” said student Tiana Grant, quoting Amanda Gorman’s words that inspired her. 

“This poem was actually one of my favorites because it was something I could actually relate to and take in,” said student Celine Johnson. “Especially when she mentions the nation because there are so many things that need to be done as a nation that we as people have to overcome together.” 

GS student Nakya Harris found, “The Hill We Climb” to be inspirational.

“Gordon’s presence and confidence was phenomenal. Seeing an African-American girl like myself at such a young age give such a powerful poem was great to watch,” said Harris.