And Still I Rise

And Still I Rise

by Maya Angelou
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And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s unforgettable collection of poetry lends its name to the documentary film about her life, And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.
 
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.
 
Thus begins “Phenomenal Woman,” just one of the beloved poems collected here in Maya Angelou’s third book of verse. These poems are powerful, distinctive, and fresh—and, as always, full of the lifting rhythms of love and remembering. And Still I Rise is written from the heart, a celebration of life as only Maya Angelou has discovered it.
 
“It is true poetry she is writing,” M.F.K. Fisher has observed, “not just rhythm, the beat, rhymes. I find it very moving and at times beautiful. It has an innate purity about it, unquenchable dignity. . . . It is astounding, flabbergasting, to recognize it, in all the words I read every day and night . . . it gives me heart, to hear so clearly the caged bird singing and to understand her notes.”


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307802064
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/17/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 198,969
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.


From the Hardcover edition.

Hometown:

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

April 4, 1928

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri

Education:

High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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And Still I Rise 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies you may trod me in the very dirt but still like dust i rise
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou has always been inspiring to me as a poet- but hearing her read her own poetry... That was incredible! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is inspiring