Review: Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: Call Us What We Carry: Poems
Author: Amanda Gorman
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 228 pages
Publisher: Viking
Release Date: December 7, 2021
Source: Library
Content Warnings: pandemic, racism


Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, Amanda Gorman’s remarkable new collection reveals an energizing and unforgettable voice in American poetry. Call Us What We Carry is Gorman at her finest. Including “The Hill We Climb,” the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, and bursting with musical language and exploring themes of identity, grief, and memory, this lyric of hope and healing captures an important moment in our country’s consciousness while being utterly timeless.


These poems were beautiful. Amazing. Transformative. Evocative.

Gorman’s mastery of language and poetic techniques is MILES beyond the poets I’ve been reading lately. She is a stunningly effective and creative writer, weaving recurring themes and images throughout her poems.

I didn’t realize before reading that this collection is largely about pandemics (current, but also historical), also exploring race and identity.

I’ve heard the audiobook is wonderful (and I’m sure it is if that’s what’s accessible to you), but I found these pages to be magical. Poetry is not just about words, it’s also about the space on the page.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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