Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman has revealed her plan to run for president.
Speaking in the fall fashion issue of WSJ. Magazine, the 23-year-old stated: ‘I think to make the impossible more proximate, you have to treat it as if it’s in reaching distance.’
Indeed, Amanda has made her intentions for a presidential run clear ever since she wowed the world with her poem, The Hill We Climb.
She told the publication: ‘I used to think about it in the more traditional sense of, “OK, we’re going to do this poetry thing for a little bit, and then you’re going to put the pen down and switch over to politics.”
‘Being able to talk to people like Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, I realized I don’t have to change who I am to be a leader. If anything, those qualities will be what become my strength when I bring them into my field.’
However, the Harvard alum knows it won’t the easiest role as she added: ‘I’ve always understood the potential of the presidency or political office to both be terrific and also toxic and terrible.’
In fact, the Call Us What We Carry author highlighted the fact words are a powerful force in politics as she continued: ‘That’s what happened at the Lincoln Memorial when Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up on it and started speaking. Just words — vibrations in the air — but to completely revamp the American image with his speech.’
Reflecting on her inaugural poem, she said: ‘I wasn’t trying to be the next Martin Luther King. I was just trying to understand my duty as a poet, to bring honor back to that space and bring honor back to what we want from our country.
‘All that I can hope from my poetry is that it will give people the language or the hope by which they begin a self-rescue. The magic that everybody else has, including me, is our actions. When we put them to work, that’s when the sorcery exists.’
Amanda already has the backing of former First Lady Michelle Obama, who stated: ‘I knew we were in the presence of someone special. Looking at her, I see someone who can help us draw even closer to a better, more inclusive America—someone who will use her identity as a Black woman and her ability to connect with others to help reshape and repair the world around us.’
The WSJ. Magazine’s Fall Women’s Fashion Issue out on newsstands from September 4.