Last night, as you may or may not know if you’re reading this space, was the Super Bowl. As you probably do know, this year was the first time the Super Bowl included a poetry performance—and of course, it was America’s newest literary darling Amanda Gorman. Gorman, who recently became the youngest-ever inaugural poet, performed “Chorus of the Captains,” written to honor three “honorary NFL captains”: educator Trimaine Davis, ICU nurse Suzie Dorner, and Marine veteran James Martin, all of whom have done extraordinary service to their communities during the pandemic.
“Poetry at the Super Bowl is a feat for art & our country,” Gorman tweeted yesterday before the game, “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.”
Watch her performance here:
— NFL (@NFL) February 7, 2021