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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.
These new poems are powerful, distinctive and as always, full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.
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
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. "
Table of Contents
Touch me, life, not softly : A kind of love, some say — Country lover — Remembrance — Where we belong, a duet — Phenomenal woman — Men — Refusal — Just for a time — Traveling : Junkie monkey reel — The lesson — California prodigal — My Arkansas — Through the inner city to the suburbs — Lady luncheon club — Momma welfare roll — The singer will not sing — Willie — To beat the child was bad enough — Woman work — One more round — The traveler — Kin — The memory — And still I rise : Still I rise — Ain't that bad? — Life doesn't frighten me — Bump d'bump — On aging — In retrospect — Just like Job — Call letters: Mrs. V.B. — Thank you, Lord