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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

22-year old Amanda Gorman, America's first National Youth Poet Laureate, reciting her original poem, "The Hill We Climb", at today's event.

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Below is the YouTube video that Dr. Jill Biden saw that led to the President-elect inviting her to recite an original poem at his Inauguration. This video was made in 2017. Note how much her ability to speak has improved since then. Amanda was born premature and she and her sister both suffered problems due to their early birth, in her case, a speech impediment where, she was not able to pronounce the sound of the letter 'R'. She also suffers from a hearing disorder, not a hearing lose, but the opposite, a hypersensitivity to noise. She was a special-ed student who had to work for years to overcome the problems and she has used poetry as therapy to teach herself proper enunciation and the confidence necessary to speak in public:

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This next video, recorded sometime around mid-2020, but was just posted today (look at the number of hits) explains better what she had to overcome and why she chose poetry . BTW, she recently graduated from Harvard, a name that she was barely able to pronounce when she started there:

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Enjoy.

OCU

#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2021-01-20 08:33 PM | Reply

Poetry.

Yuck.

#2 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-01-21 09:36 AM | Reply

She was very clean and eloquent. /s

That yellow winter coat was awesome, btw.

#3 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 06:31 AM | Reply

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