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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

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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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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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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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Powerful beyond words

No words can sum up the power of these poems. The prescience and also timelessness. She is the voice of all generations.