Author of the famous inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb,” and the bestselling collection “Call Us What We Carry,” Amanda Gorman just released a 48-line mantra for the world to carry into a new year. In the poem “New Day’s Lyric,” the 23-year-old poet speaks of conflict and healing. She encourages to move forward with our new lives and “reach toward what is next.” It is a beautiful body of love, support and perseverance:

“This hope is our door, our portal.
Even if we never get back to normal,
Someday we can venture beyond it,
To leave the known and take the first steps.
So let us not return to what was normal,
But reach toward what is next.”

In addition to releasing her new piece, Gorman has also teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to raise funds for those affected by the pandemic and other humanitarian crises. Please keep scrolling to enjoy Amanda’s entire poem and learn more about her efforts.