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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman reveals secret Hamilton references in Twitter exchange with Lin-Manuel Miranda

Rachel Brodsky
·3-min read
<p>Amanda Gorman reveals secret Hamilton references in Twitter exchange with Lin-Manuel Miranda</p> (Getty Images)

Amanda Gorman reveals secret Hamilton references in Twitter exchange with Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Los Angeles poet Amanda Gorman earned high praise from famed Hamilton actor Lin-Manuel Miranda after her historic reading at the swearing-in of President Joe Biden.

“YES @TheAmandaGorman!!! -LMM,” the Hamilton creator tweeted to the inaugural poet.

Gorman responded, "Thx @Lin_Manuel! Did you catch the 2 @HamiltonMusical references in the inaugural poem? I couldn’t help myself!"

“You were perfect. Perfectly written, perfectly delivered. Every bit of it. Brava! -LMM,” Miranda wrote back.

Gorman, 22, is the first National Youth Poet Laureate and has said that she wanted the poem, titled “The Hill We Climb”, to be a “message of hope and unity”.

Read more: Amanda Gorman’s poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ in full

Oprah Winfrey was among the many celebrities who heaped praise on Gorman, referencing poet and writer Maya Angelou, who read “On the Pulse of Morning” at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993.

“I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @TheAmandaGorman! Maya Angelou is cheering – and so am I.”

Michelle Obama also had a celebratory statement for Gorman.

“With her strong and poignant words, @TheAmandaGorman reminds us of the power we each hold in upholding our democracy. Keep shining, Amanda! I can't wait to see what you do next. Two hearts #BlackGirlMagic”

Hillary Clinton also wrote, “Wasn't @TheAmandaGorman’s poem just stunning? She's promised to run for president in 2036 and I for one can't wait.”

Ahead of her reading, the now best-selling Gorman spoke with CBS News about how she prepares ahead of any performance.

“One of the preparations that I do always whenever I perform is I say a mantra to myself, which is 'I'm the daughter of Black writers. We're descended from freedom fighters who broke through chains and changed the world. They call me.' And that is the way in which I prepare myself for the duty that needs to get done,” she said.

Gorman, who is America's youth poet laureate, joins a small group of writers in history who have read at inaugurations. She is the youngest in the group, which includes Richard Blanco, who read “One Today” at the 2013 inauguration of Barack Obama; Elizabeth Alexander, who read “Praise Song for the Day” at Obama's first swearing-in in 2009; Miller Williams, who read “Of History and Hope” at Bill Clinton's second swearing-in; Maya Angelou, who read “On the Pulse of Morning” at Clinton's 1993 swearing-in; and Robert Frost, who read “The Gift Outright” at the 1961 swearing-in of John F Kennedy.

Gorman’s two forthcoming books, The Hill We Climb and Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, are now best-sellers on Amazon months before their release date. They both will be released in September via Viking Books.