The Hill We Climb

Poem by Amanda Gorman

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Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. Gorman finished the poem, titled “The Hill We Climb,” the night after pro-Trump rioters sieged the Capitol building earlier this month. “In my poem, I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years. But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal,” she explained to the New York Times. “It’s doing that in a way that is not erasing or neglecting the harsh truths I think America needs to reconcile with.” 

Maddie McDougall is an artist, activist, and educator residing in Springfield, Massachusetts, US. She uses her foundational skills as a painter and printmaker to expand her practice to encompass interdisciplinary formats, including film, installation, fibre and sculpture. This is what she says about her Collective Healing Installation (torn canvas with acrylic and concrete) shown at Ely Centre of Contemporary Art, that is pictured above: “After the pain exacerbated during the administration of the 46th presidency, our nation has reached a point where we must reach across divides to rebuild and heal. Our future is depending on the couragewe’ll need to find rooted in togetherness and a brave optimism that is willing to listen with compassion, willing to heal our collective wounds.”

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