Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Phenomenal Woman - Poem by Maya Angelou

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,
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Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful

Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • (2/17/2008 8:53:00 AM)

    I like Maya's novels and this poem too.

    Thank you for sharing!
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  • (1/27/2008 11:07:00 PM)

    I always marvel over the way her poems are so real to whom she is. The women discripes her self of mystery to a man. She is always in a changing mood of emotion of style and grace in color in her body that might not be perfect but yet so profound.. Thank for inspiration

    Debra Cowley
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  • (1/27/2008 4:15:00 PM)

    To be entirely fair this whole website is a joke. The comments for this poem are 90% female and the rest of the 10% written by men are mostly coherently negative when evaluating this poem.

    To be fair again, it would be people searching for 'maya angelou' specifically that will end up leaving a comment here, and who would search for this poet.

    I'm sure Maya is a woman of many talents, this poem however does not exhibit any.

    This website is proof of what can happen when anyone (but not everyone) is given a voice.
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  • (1/26/2008 9:34:00 PM)

    When I read this poem over and over again, it makes me confident and more beautiful to make me a phenomenal woman. Very beautiful and outstanding poem. (Report) Reply

  • (1/26/2008 1:13:00 PM)

    This is a good poem but there is better (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2008 1:42:00 PM)

    I'm a woman and proud of it -blushes a lot- Ooops heheh.... I love your poem though>< Awesomeseseseseses (Report) Reply

  • (1/15/2008 4:57:00 PM)

    I'm so glad this particular poem of Maya's is listed so highly. It resonates so strongly with me for many reasons. Exceptional work in terms of it's ability to offer identity to its audience. (Report) Reply

  • (1/13/2008 11:24:00 AM)

    This is by far my favorite poem. I am in awe of Maya's writing ability. An amazing woman she is. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2008 5:50:00 PM)

    It's insanely funny to me, that there isn't a single person in this forum, that I have ever heard of. Yet, they are passing judgment on Maya Angelou? Let us not forget exactly who it is we are talking about.

    Let's look at her record:
    She is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist.

    Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth (Random House,1995) , The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994) , Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993) , Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) , I Shall Not Be Moved (1990) , Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983) , Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975) , and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie (1971) , which was nominated for the Pulitzer prize.

    In 1959, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1961 to 1962 she was associate editor of The Arab Observer in Cairo, Egypt, the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East, and from 1964 to 1966 she was feature editor of the African Review in Accra, Ghana. She returned to the U.S. in 1974 and was appointed by Gerald Ford to the Bicentennial Commission and later by Jimmy Carter to the Commission for International Woman of the Year. She accepted a lifetime appointment in 1981 as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1993, Angelou wrote and delivered a poem, 'On The Pulse of the Morning, ' at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton at his request.
    (information from the Academy of American Poets)

    These are just a FEW of her accomplishments. It's obvious, someone thinks she's good! Let us also, not forget that she is making money, and publishing her work. While a shocking number of readers on this page, hold her poetry in derision, she is laughing all the way to the bank.
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  • (1/2/2008 12:01:00 AM)

    great, all power, all confidence, as phenomenal as Maya Angelou is (Report) Reply

  • (12/29/2007 5:28:00 PM)

    A phenomenal poem by a phenomenal woman! (Report) Reply

  • (12/21/2007 1:51:00 PM)

    Hello my name is Peter Rubio III. i read your poem it was wonderful. but i would ask you for a favor. i am 15 and i wrote a peom to its very long and i was wondering if you could read it and let me know how you feel. the title is
    You By: Peter Rubio III. when you type it in search it will take you to it. if it is nice pease tell me. thank you my email is
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  • (12/16/2007 1:37:00 PM)

    one of the most amazing poems I've ever read. (Report) Reply

  • (12/16/2007 4:13:00 AM)

    the best thing ever (Report) Reply

  • (12/12/2007 7:10:00 AM)

    this peom is more than elegant
    both in pattern and in content
    It makes me think of the lady I adore
    no wonder it deserves the no.1 award
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  • (12/6/2007 2:18:00 AM)

    Well written..
    In Tagalog...
    Ikaw ay Astig!
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  • (11/29/2007 3:35:00 PM)

    This poem is just like Lisa put it. It lets women and young girls understand that you dont have to be a size 2 or 3 just look beautiful. You can look beautiful black, white, yellow, or brown. Just be you. (Report) Reply

  • (11/28/2007 4:48:00 AM)

    I love this poem. It makes me proud to be a woman. I live my life by what she tries to convey. I love her work. (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2007 8:26:00 PM)

    This poem deserves to be number one on the list. It makes women who are not 'perfect' feel important and know that they are just as beautiful as any other female even if they are of different race or dress size or beauty. to all the people who think that this poem should not be number one and that there are better poems out there, you are just upset that it is not one of your poems that is at the top of the list, no matter what you do there will always be someone better than you and someone worse than you, who know's you may be at the top of the list one day and evryone will be bagging you out because they are upset that it is not them at the top, you can't please everyone.

    This truely is a brilliant poem, keep up the great work Maya.
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  • (10/24/2007 2:17:00 PM)

    i once watched the late Tupac's flim with janet jackson and this poem was read in the film. i wonder if the poem was that of janet jackson or maya angelou (Report) Reply

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