By Amma Romero (Read in Spanish)
On January 20, 2021, nearly 40 million people did something together that we might not often do: we listened to a poem.
Watching Amanda Gorman perform The Hill We Climb, every one of us heard the same words. But each of us made a different poem.
Her voice echoed through each mind, gathered meaning and memory, and transformed into something that didn’t exist before--a new feeling, a new idea, a new possibility. Alone, together, we created something beautiful: one whole, made up of millions of infinitely complex and unique parts.
She gave us that gift. Not just her words, but the meaning we found in them; not just her voice, but the moment in which we heard it.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to create one of these moments with four exceptional poets living here in Colorado. In celebration of National Poetry Month, please join us for a reading and panel discussion with Sheree Brown, Franklin Cruz, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Suzi Q. Smith. The writers will discuss their art, and, in honor of Earth Day, read from work that honors the land and our connections to the places that shape us.
This live, virtual event will be held on Thursday, April 22, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Spanish interpretation will be available. Please register to receive a link to the event.
Listening to a poet speak their work out loud, especially in community with others, is a powerful and transformative experience. But it doesn’t have to end there. The Denver Public Library offers thousands of opportunities to read and hear more. Just search our catalog or reach out to us for recommendations.