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 Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman speaks during the inauguration of  US president Joe Biden  in Washington, DC in January. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman speaks during the inauguration of US president Joe Biden in Washington, DC in January. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

It was a Saturday evening in February 2018. The sun had long dipped below the horizon as I drove south along a quiet highway in Florida. I was still hours away from the state’s famous beach towns.

Instead, I was driving through a more mundane, but more authentic, American landscape – a land of endless highways and interstates, neon signs advertising motels or gas, and giant billboards asking drivers to “Call 1-800” or come to God.

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