Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Maya Angelou
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(born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928) was an American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie.

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  • ''There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in black women. It's as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet.''
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. interview broadcast, Nov. 21, 1973. "A Conversation with Maya Angelou," Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989).
  • The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black America...
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author, poet. interview, Nov. 21, 1973. "A Conversation with Maya Angelou," Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989).
  • Strictly speaking, one cannot legislate love, but what one can do is legislate fairness and justice. If legislation does not prohibit our living side by side, sooner or later your child will fall on t...
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), African American author and performer. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989).
  • ...there is a difference between being convinced and being stubborn. I'm not certain what the difference is, but I do know that if you butt your head against a stone wall long enough, at some point yo...
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author and performer. As quoted in Reel Women, part 4, by Ally Acker (1991). Said in 1979, on giving up her attempt t...
  • ''...talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.''
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author and performer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 1, by Claudia Tate (1983).
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  • sindi (11/9/2017 8:42:00 AM)

    outstanding poems nice

  • Seema Devi Sharma Seema Devi Sharma (10/9/2017 9:11:00 AM)

    My sweet reverence Maya for being a woman and a poet as well.

  • Sabita Sahoo Sabita Sahoo (9/6/2017 1:28:00 PM)

    I love you Maya, the greatest ever poetess to be born in Earth.
    Thanks for being a woman.

  • Obianuju Ndedigwe (9/2/2017 12:31:00 PM)

    I love Maya Angelou...those poems mama are soothing balms...

  • Patrick Arlanda (8/17/2017 3:53:00 AM)

    A great poet that touches you directly in the heart. A mix of spirituality and philosophy that makes us wondering about our role in this worldly existence.

  • Patrick Arlanda (8/17/2017 3:51:00 AM)

    Patrick Arlanda

    A great poet that touch you directly in the heart. A mix of spirituality and philosophy that makes us wondering about our role in this worldly existence.

  • victor yegon (7/2/2017 4:20:00 PM)

    I would like to be a great poet too.l,just like her

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  • Azariah Alex (5/10/2017 3:40:00 AM)

    Very meaningful

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Best Poem of Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my ...

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