The poem read by Amanda Gorman during the inauguration for President Joe Biden that is being hailed as a triumph was more than a poem for the ages, a Grand Valley expert said.
It was an inaugural poem, part of a specific genre with relatively few works but an enormous task of rising to the occasion by capturing sweeping themes in a literary form that generally has a more intimate nature, said Amorak Huey, associate professor of writing and a widely published poet.
"Writing an inaugural poem is a really difficult task," Huey said. "The language has to be elevated and it has to be inspiring and it has to be big and expansive and American.
"But it also has to be a poem."