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The instant number one New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best seller
 

The breakout poetry collection by number one New York Times best-selling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by number one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2021 Amanda Gorman (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

 “An inspired anthem for the next generation - a remarkable poetry debut.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

 “Gorman’s thoughtfulness and activist spirit shine through on every page.” (Publishers Weekly) 

“In seven sections and through poems that often experiment with form, the book sets out to tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic from a collective point of view, with Gorman exploring the grief, hope and wisdom that come from a period of shared tragedy." (Time) 

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It’s a common turn of phrase that poetry is meant to be heard. Tone, pauses, cadence, and vocal inflections all serve to further the emotional pull of modern and historical poetic masterpieces. In audio, poems can be heard and enjoyed just as the poet meant them to be. Taking into account not only the words themselves but the way they are spoken, our list provides a look at the power behind a poem, celebrating those works which have touched our souls.

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A treasure to keep
Yes, I am one of those people who cried when Amanda Gorman appeared on the West Front of the US Capitol and recited her poem ''The Hill We Climb'' during the presidential inauguration in January 2021. She owned that massive stage. Her words were moving, powerful, and as memorable as the bright yellow coat she wore. What strikes me the most when listening to this collection of Gorman’s poetry is just how intimate and conversational it is—it reveals a different side of her powerful oration. The words and imagery are striking, but also gentle and calming. I just love her voice! Her poems are brilliantly high-minded and, while challenging, totally accessible and a joy to take in. —Tricia F., Audible Editor

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STUNNING!

I absolutely loved this audiobook. I also read along with a hard copy to add to the experience because the illustrations in the book are very poignant to the overall work. Amanda Gorman is the scholarly poet of a generation. This is the second book I have read with an emphasis on Language and how it is the make or break for humanity and how Gorman dissects language in this piece in particular is a masterclass. The research she did and the remix and personal artistry that she put on history is peak expressionism. I learned so much from this work and it needs to be put in like a bunker/museum so in 1000 years when the aliens or who ever is occupying earth can fully comprehend what the American dream/nightmare/reality looks like actualized in 2020.

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Narration not up to par for poetry

I couldn’t listen past the first 5 poems. The lack of passion and clear pronunciation left the prose feeling flat and emotionless.

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Absolutely amazing

Love the way it was written amazing poetry in this book. If you have a chance to read it totally recommend

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Power in words and voice!

Loved hearing these poems read in Ms. Gordan's own voice. History and modern day merged with so much meaning... SO POWERFUL!!!

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These may trigger emotional distress. A number of these works are in reference to our recent living conditions during the Covid 19 lockdown. There are moments when it ‘s hard to know when one poem ends and another starts, it may be easier to follow along with the text. You get the intention of the author because you can hear the vocal delivery and cadence. There are also moments that the author tells the listener what she was attempting to do with structure; such alternating historical text with her own words and creating a visual representation of a hangman using words from advertising. Overall ok to listen, but for some may find it more effective if they follow along with the text.

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Electrifying

Amanda Gorman and her writings are timeless. The only thing better than reading her work is to listen to her recite it.

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Lost me in one section but tremendous overall!

I lost some interest in the section featuring correspondence by a soldier during the war, as it bore very little context in which to understand it. That said, Amanda Gorman’s insights paired with her artful and inspirational way of communicating is most worthwhile, and I am so grateful to her for sharing her tremendous personhood with the world!

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A powerful reflection by our nation's poet laureat

Ms Gorman's performance of her own work is provocative and inspiring. Tears and joy await the listener, as she delivers her message with uncanny, compelling force!

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amazing Amanda

do not pass this one up . This skinny little black girl is a powerhouse.

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incredible

will re-listen, buy the hard copy, read, underline and underline and underline incessantly and listen and read again and again...