Who to translate the poet Amanda Gorman? The stakes of a controversy

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Who said poetry is a genre on the fringes? For several weeks, she has been at the heart of a controversy revealing fault lines that cross the continents, pointing on both sides of the Atlantic, condensing literature, politics, money, the fight against racism, activism into a few stanzas. and the power of social networks.

Reality check: on January 20, 2021, the talent of Amanda Gorman, 22-year-old poet, button coat and red headband, steals the show from Joe Biden during the inauguration ceremony of the new American president. His poem The hill that we climb, when the capture of the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump took place just two weeks earlier, is a call for reconciliation.