AMANDA GORMAN | YOUTH POET LAUREATE

Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate, is the 19-year-old Los Angeles native and Harvard sophomore chosen for the poet laureate role last year.

 

Daughter’s Metro Map to City Identity

 

On Slauson I straddle Black girl tango
between northern heights
and south hair salons
Home.
Here I am diamond
solitary treasure
on Western I am unclaimed Christian
scribbling homilies on spines
of wrinkled church fans
here I am veteran
clutching cement scar
I am bandage sticking to sidewalk
On Centinela I vibrate the highest
I am journal of streets
hymnal of homeless, homebound
impoverished and important

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