There were many, many speakers and singers at President Biden’s inauguration ceremony, including Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. But then 22-year-old Amanda Gorman stole the show reading her poem “The Hill We Climb.” People were impressed that a writer still in her early 20s could command such a big stage, and that her verse was so stirring. But in truth she’s an old pro: she published her first book of poems in 2015, the year she turned 17.
This week a British poet named Nadim Shamma-Sourgen will do Gorman one better, publishing his own first collection at the age of five—which is impressive enough. Guess what, though? Nadim was only four when he wrote it. The title is Take Off Your Brave: Poems Just for You.