Poetry superstar Amanda Gorman is welcoming the dawn of 2022 with a new poem.
Gorman, the 23-year-old who in January became the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration, debuted her poem “New Day’s Lyric” Wednesday on Instagram.
The poem references the Covid-19 pandemic that continued to tear through the world during 2021:
Gorman’s poetry collection, Call Us What We Carry, was published earlier this month by Viking, and instantly became a New York Times bestseller. In a starred review, a critic for Kirkus called the book “an inspired anthem for the next generation—a remarkable poetry debut.”
“New Day’s Lyric,” which contains references to the songs “Auld Lang Syne” and “We Shall Overcome,” was posted on Instagram’s own account, but Gorman wrote about it on her personal Instagram page, commenting, “I wrote A New Day’s Lyric both to celebrate the new year [and] honor both the hurt [and] the humanity of the last one.”
She ended her post with a plea for readers to donate to the International Rescue Committee, noting that Instagram has pledged to give $50,000 to the humanitarian aid organization.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.