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.
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
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.”
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
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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.
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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Still I Rise
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
These poems are about life ¿ pride, love, struggles, and success ¿ facing all of it and uplifting ourselves to come out on top of all our difficulties. The poems are mainly about uplifting yourself regardless of your situation. I was drawn to this book of poems by the title of the book. She writes in a simple matter of fact way about everyday things that we can relate to. I really enjoyed her poems Phenomenal Woman, and Still I Rise; they are very strong and inspiring poems.I believe this book is best suited for older children probably during heritage months.
Maya Angelou has always been inspiring to me as a poet- but hearing her read her own poetry... That was incredible! =)
it is inspiring