Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Comments about Maya Angelou

  • T J (1/2/2007 8:05:00 AM)

    Simply put. Beautiful

    6 person liked.
    10 person did not like.
  • Karen Schley (9/28/2006 8:19:00 PM)

    Thank you for your words being the light. I love your work. You are blessed with discernment. May God bless and keep you.
    Always

  • Leon Leonidas (9/20/2006 12:21:00 AM)

    Phenomenal He-man

    Hunky guys wonder where my secret lies.
    I'm not big or built to suit a sport star’s size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I'm telling lies.
    I say,
    It's in the whiff from me pits
    And the thickness of me thighs,
    The hardness of me mitts,
    The way me hair lies.
    I'm a he-man
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal he-man,
    That's me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a woman,
    The ladies stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.
    I say,
    It's the redness in me eyes,
    And the hair on me chest,
    The way I swing at guys,
    When I give me best.
    I'm a he-man
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal he-man,
    That's me.

    Women themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can't touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them
    They say they still can't see.
    I say,
    It's in the stiffness of me neck,
    And the crookedness of me teeth,
    The bulge of me deck,
    The cool that lies beneath.
    I'm a he-man

    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal he-man,
    That's me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head's not bowed.
    I don't shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It's in the stomp of me boot,
    The grease in my hair,
    That I don’t give a hoot,
    My devil may care,
    'Cause I'm a he-man
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal he-man,
    That's me.

    Leon Leonidas

  • Tapas Bandyopadhaya (9/10/2006 12:44:00 AM)

    I dont see why this poem should be number one. Feminism? As poetry its certainly no great shakes. Certainly 'Love after Love' by Derek Walcott is far superios. To me this poem doesnt deserve to make it to the top 500.

  • Debra Schall (8/12/2006 9:27:00 AM)

    Wow, each time I read Maya's poetry it brings strength to my soul. I've been a fan for over 20 years and still, Phenomenal Woman and I Rise, lift my heart with joy. Thank You Ms. Angelou.

  • Kristin Davis (7/9/2006 4:34:00 PM)

    I am one who wont be caught standing in the sub lines, nor will I stand behind you Maya... I'm right there side by side walkin' every step w/ you adding more rhythm to that 'phenomenal' glide. I've always been an inspired fan of yours. You've always been a personal inspiration to me. A woman who's succeeded to many lengths and proved many unspeakable times just how strong, independent, and truly magnificent she it! This piece along w/ many others Ms Angelou has written, sung, screen played, produced, ect. will never be forgotten and has and will forevermore continue to mold me for who I am today and for who I will be tomorrow!

    *curtsies*
    Kristin Davis

  • A Coleman (2/7/2006 8:51:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is one of the best poets whose work I ever read. She speaks the truth and brings up many topics that many ignore

  • Lorna Gero (1/30/2006 5:13:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is one of the most empowering, influential, inspiring woman whose poetry I read on a daily basis to empower my soul. She is a Phenomenal Woman.
    Each one of the lines in her poems has a profound impact on all woman alike and yes, men too.
    Good Bless

  • T. Johnson (10/6/2005 10:35:00 AM)

    I beleive that poetry in itself is an art form. Art then, is individual creativity, emotion and expression, by my definition. Therefore, although many choose to judge a poem by strict poetics and poetic forms, in my best opinion, poetry should come from the heart and not be dominated by whether or not in some else's opinion, the poem is not structurally sound. Therefore, Maya Angelou's poems are not simply prose, they are an art form within themselves! Who would judge Michelangelo's or Rembrandt's art? Therefore Maya's poems as well are art. They move and inspire people. The content of her poems far outweigh any traditional structure that many obsess about. The aesthetics and meaning behind her words are simply put, magnificent! In my opinion, she's one of the best poets around!

    Thank-you for letting me share my insight!

  • Lea Ann De Leon (9/28/2005 11:07:00 PM)

    I have had the privilage to listen to Maya Angelou speek tonight. It was the most incredible experience I have ever had. She had a presence like no other person. Her voice was hypnotizing and her words were filled with wisdom. I stood 20 feet away from such an amazing person and it will change me for the rest of my life. She is beautiful.

    And she is such a funny and witty person.

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 ...

Read the full of Phenomenal Woman

The Detached

We die,
Welcoming Bluebeards to our darkening closets,
Stranglers to our outstretched necks,
Stranglers, who neither care nor
care to know that
DEATH IS INTERNAL.

We pray,
Savoring sweet the teethed lies,

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