New Hayes Valley Mural is a Love Letter to Poet Amanda Gorman | by Matt Charnock


Tit has been six days since Biden and Harris took the oath im were moderately balanced. We don’t all maniacally check Twitter to see what nastiness the incumbent president is tweeting; our eyebrows aren’t creased in a mass of wrinkled skin watching the White House news; the rational adults, fortunately, seem to be in charge again.

The lingering words of 22-year-old inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet laureate to ever perform at a presidential inauguration, also contribute to our composure.

Gorman became a household name after his performance. And we were delighted to see this new mural in Hayes Valley pay homage to him.

Located at Page and Laguna Streets, the mural is by local artist Nicole Hayden (in collaboration with the SF Zen Center). She painted it last week to pay homage to Gorman’s historic and heartwarming moment last Wednesday. Gorman is also from California, so there is some pride in the home state.

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She recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” in front of the masked crowd on the lawn of the Capitol; millions of others at home were watched, absolutely amazed by his presence and his composure. (I mean: even Oprah praised her performance and went so far as to say that Maya Angelou, who was a dear friend of Winfrey’s, “cheers” from the afterlife.)

You can review the full performance of Gorman here and pre-order his books The hill that we climb and Change song.


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