I've been waiting for a long time for this volume of Amanda Gorman's poetry. I was captivated by the poem she read at the most recent inauguration, and I wanted to see—and hear—more.
I didn't quite realize that I'd be getting some good Shakespeare in there as well.
At first, it seems somewhat incidental. There was an epigraph from Othello:
And then we get a poem relating to the COVID-19 lockdown in March of 2020 that closed most of the schools across the nation:
All that and more! The collection as a whole is remarkable. When you get it, try "Cordage, or Atonement" and "_ _ _ _ _ [Gated]" in particular.