at Inauguration for President Joseph Biden in January, 2020
For the New York Times interview on January 20, 2022 she explains
her fear of reading her poem at the Inauguration.
I’m a firm believer that often terror is trying to tell us of a force far
greater than despair. In this way I look at fear not as cowardice
but as a call forward, a summons to fight for what we hold dear.
And now more than ever we have every right to be affected,
afflicted and affronted. If you are alive you’re afraid. If you
are not afraid, then you are not paying attention.
The only thing we have to fear is having no fear itself—having
no feeling on behalf of whom and what we’ve lost, whom
and what we love.
See parts of Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Poem blog
posted February, 2021.