First National Youth Poet Laureate On Poetry And Politics08:06

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Amanda Gorman made history in April when she was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate. As her yearlong term comes to a close, the Los Angeles native reflects on her tenure as laureate, the inspiration for her work and how poetry intersects with politics.

For more information on the Youth Poet Laureate selection process and to apply, click here.

Poet Amanda Gorman (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Poet Amanda Gorman (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)


Amanda Gorman, first National Youth Poet Laureate. She tweets @amandascgorman.

"Dandelion Wine" by Amanda Gorman


Bury the potion deep enough to breaks soil’s hymen,

And it makes a willow weep toward the sky.

Is that still weeping?

Or is that reaping?

Homi neila cowoo, homi neila cowoo, the weeping willow smiles anew.

We have a saying: vide neingu racilo abona.

don't shoot,

Brown trees put their hands up, afraid of death, but more so life.

You see, branches and roots are the same, I’ve found.

Trunks don’t rise, they’re just wise enough to fall into the sky.

Away. Away. We are grounded in the absence of ground.

We be free, 

Be poet, we

Be poet tree,

Be poetry, 

Homi neila cowoo, homi neila cowoo we sing, splitting open the sky

as light unfolds back into our mouths.

This segment aired on February 26, 2018.