WATCH: Amanda Gorman Brings Poetry To The Super Bowl To Honor Pandemic Heros
During pre-game festivities, in a taped video, Gorman recited her poem, “Chorus of the Captains.” The poem payed tribute to three individuals for their contributions during the pandemic – educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Marine veteran James Martin. The video featured Gorman reading her poem with images of Davis, Dorner and Martin.
Gorman’s words were:
“Let us walk with these warriors,
Charge on with these champions,
And carry forth the call of our captains.
We celebrate them by acting,
With courage and compassion,
By doing what is right and just.
For while we honor them today,
It is they who every day honor us.”
— NFL (@NFL) February 7, 2021
Poetry is not something that is usually read on stage at the Super Bowl, but since she stole the spotlight as the youngest person to recite a poem at a U.S. presidential inauguration, she has become an immediate sensation. Since then, she signed with IMG Models, an agency that represents models, tennis star Naomi Osaka and playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Gorman will also cover the next issue of Time magazine with an interview conducted by Michelle Obama.
“Poetry at the Super Bowl is a feat for art and our country, because it means we’re thinking about imaginatively about human connection even when we feel siloed,” Gorman tweeted Sunday. “I’ll honor three heroes who exemplify the best of this effort. Here’s to them, to poetry and to a Super Bowl like no other.”
Poetry at the Super Bowl is a feat for art & our country, because it means we’re thinking imaginatively about human connection even when we feel siloed. I’ll honor 3 heroes who exemplify the best of this effort. Here’s to them, to poetry, & to a #SuperBowl like no other 💛
— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) February 7, 2021