National youth poet and activist Amanda Gorman impressed the world when she was just 23 when she recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Unfortunately, the young writer seems to have a hard time repeating her success: Gorman has just published a stunning new poem called Lust Hamster, and it doesn’t even rhyme.
Uff. Many artists experience a sophomore slump, and it sounds like Amanda Gorman just met hers.
Gorman recently took the stage at a community fundraiser at Busboys and Poets in DC to showcase their latest work, and while everyone expected to hear another uplifting piece about settling America’s past and creating a better future, it did what Gorman read didn’t quite live up to that standard. Instead, she gave the set “Lust Hamster”, which is produced in its entirety below:
Lust Hamster is a hamster that I won at the fair
It came in a sandwich bag and smells like syrup
He looks a lot like a regular hamster (a hamster is a small type of sheep, FYI)
But he loves porn and he’s desperate for a kiss
There are many hamsters in our country, and Lust Hamster is an example of this
From California to Delaware, he’s number 1 at Casanova
I won it by playing Ring Toss Ring Toss at the fair, it is my property
They said “$ 20 for 20 rings to win a very sexual animal”
I said well whatever, I really don’t shit
I have to get out of here and buy Diet Coke
I’m also addicted to Diet Coke and Tostitos
When they gave me the pleasure hamster, it bit me and then vomited
And then I threw up
I just have the hamster in my handbag
When you see him, you might want to clap
He loves to bite and so do I.
He is the Lusthamster (the Lusthamster).
(Hold up hamster)
(Hold for the audience applause)
Many Thanks. I am Gorman. I love to bite. Lust hamster.
Shot. If you’ve ever read “The Hill We Climb” you know that Lust Hamster doesn’t really rise to its level in terms of content or artistic value. Gorman gave little insight into “Lust Hamster” other than to announce that the poem was “autobiographical”. It’s pretty normal for a writer, especially one this young, to reach a difficult point in trying to control success and improve her craft. So we’re not too worried about Gorman’s future work. But “Lust Hamster” was definitely pretty rough, so let’s hope she gets around this one and has better luck with whatever she writes next.