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Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Used ‘Hamilton’ to Manage Her Speech Difficulty

When 22-year-old Amanda Gorman took the podium at President Joe Biden’s inauguration she was just another poet. When she left it, she was a fresh force in American culture. Gorman’s recitation of her poem “The Hill We Climb” was graceful, powerful and inspiring in a moment when the country needed it most. But the road to that stage, and to being named the nation’s first Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, hasn’t been smooth for Gorman.

Raised alongside her twin sister by a single mother, Los Angeles native Gorman struggled for years with a speech difficultly and auditory processing disorder, which made reciting her work difficult. Gorman’s struggle was pronouncing some letters, particularly “R.” It was a problem that lasted from the time she first

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