Call Us What We Carry: Poems — By Amanda Gorman

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"Gorman’s newest poetry collection offers a stunning amalgamation of poems formatted in different styles to convey a message of sorrow, unity, and collective healing . . . Gorman’s poetry operates as a perfect combination of part elegy and part call to action. This stunning collection belongs on every shelf."

Booklist, starred review

"At once heartbreaking and deeply healing, Gorman's collection calls readers to their best selves, even--or especially--in the face of great loss."

— Shelf Awareness, starred review

"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."


"Gorman shows us what an honor it is to witness history and to survive it, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. . . The liberating force of the stories these poems tell about our resilience and survival showcases a powerful griot for our times."


"Her poetry insists that not just she but an entire country is capable of growing itself to a place of glory, like Tupac’s rose in concrete. Her emergence in this very moment is the instantiation of our ability to press on. We shall overcome goes the spiritual, but ‘We have survived us’ is what Gorman says. As she looks ahead in these pages, she is like Washington crossing the Delaware. ‘We must change/This ending in every way.’"

— The Washington Post

"In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman has written a mnemonic symphony of hope and solidarity in the face of the ‘vanishing meaning’ of our time, speaking eloquently with ‘the lip of tomorrow.’"

— The Guardian

For Ages 14 and Up and Grades 9 and Up

Call Us What We Carry: Poems is the breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, Amanda Gorman's luminous poetry collection 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.

If you want more Amanda Gorman, we have the special edition copy of "The HIll We Climb" for you here!


FORMAT: New, hardcover

AGE: Ages 14 And Up, Grades 9 And Up

PUBLISHED: December 7, 2021

PUBLISHER: Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780593465066

PAGES: 240

DIMENSIONS: 8.6 inches L x 5.5 inches W x 1 inch D

RATING: ★★★★★ (See Contact Us /Policies/Facts in Main Menu for rating information)

Amanda Gorman


Amanda Gorman is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice.

Amanda’s activism and poetry have been featured on The Today Show, PBS Kids, and CBS This Morning, and in The New York Times, Vogue, Essence, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

In 2017, Urban Word named her the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University, she now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles.

The special edition of her inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb, was published in March 2021 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Her debut picture book, Change Sings, was published in September 2021.