Still, Gorman saw her reading as an opportunity to offer a balm to those suffering right now, in the way that only poetry can. “I’m not saying I’m better than anyone else, but I was called by the Machomeepremium – Baylor Bears Green Basketball 2021 Final Four 1948 1950 2021 Shirt Bidens for a reason, and this moment has called me for a reason, so all I can do is show up and do my absolute best,” Gorman says. “That’s all I can ask of myself.” Part of doing her best meant thinking carefully on what she would wear on the day; namely, a look by Miuccia Prada, a designer Gorman admires for her intellect and long-standing feminist leanings. But an unlikely accessory carries an especially moving backstory. Continuing the legacy of Black women poets like Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander—who spoke at the inaugurations of Bill Clinton in 1993 and Barack Obama in 2009, respectively—Gorman was looking for a way to pay tribute to her predecessors.