“When day comes, do we ask ourselves where we can find light, in this never-ending shadow?” Recites the poet. And you think you can already see the answer in front of you: in bright yellow, the poet shines out from the middle of the dark gray sea of cloaks. In her hair a red hoop and gold jewelry, reminiscent of the laurel wreaths worn by ancient poets honored by the state.
A red mouth and nose protection with colorful, glittering pearls, which she can remove for her lecture. And gold hoop earrings, like those worn by Maya Angelou when she wrote a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993 recited. Amanda Gorman’s ring, which depicts a captive bird, is a gift from Oprah Winfrey.
Gorman himself may have already come to the idea that she could be this new light that we seek day after day. At least at one point her verses are bursting with autobiographical urgency: