A Poetic Protest Against Rising Book Bans
It was something I read a little while back, about the transforming power of poetry as it sits in the heart. Gorman’s poem is going to become even more popular because if it is banned... people know there must be truth in it. Great article by the way.
"time-honored paradox that the act of prohibition often enhances the allure and worth of the forbidden item." There is a broader parallel. Telling someone they cannot do any particular thing makes it more attractive. I once had a health issue that my specialist said could not be reversed, only managed and controlled to keep it from worsening. The next time I saw him a few months later, he looked flabbergasted at the new test results. Shook his head and said "I don't understand... its gone. What happened ?" Well, what happened is you told me it couldn't be done, so that's all the motivation I needed !
Banning 'The Hill We Climb' only underscores its potency. The censors have indeed made it more valuable—proof that you can't silence powerful poetry.
This story reminds us why poetry matters. Amanda Gorman's poem, and her response to its ban, continue to inspire many.
Keep climbing, keep writing, and keep fighting, Amanda!