“Quiet! I wanna hear the poem!” Late night comic Jimmy Kimmel quipped that never before this year had anyone said those words during pre-game Super Bowl festivities. After attracting much attention for reciting her eloquent and moving poem on Inauguration Day, young Amanda Gorman was asked to deliver another original work before the coin toss on Super Bowl Sunday.
Her brief pre-recorded Super Bowl poem focused on three honorary game captains: a teacher, a nurse, and a Marine veteran. She was not in the stands, but the poem was broadcast for all to hear. It will probably not ring in our ears and remain in our hearts in the same way that her Inauguration Day words will, but perhaps it will show people that poetry isn’t just for English majors. Amanda Gorman said, “Poetry at the Super Bowl is a feat for art and our country because it means we’re thinking imaginatively about human connection…” Kudos to Amanda and to whoever said, “I have an idea. Let’s have poetry at the Super Bowl.”
Marge Lundeen, OblSB