By Maya Angelou
lovely ladies ask yourself the place my mystery lies.
I’m now not lovable or equipped to fit a manner model’s size
but if I begin to inform them,
they believe I’m telling lies.
It’s within the succeed in of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
hence starts “Phenomenal Woman,” only one of the loved poems accumulated right here in Maya Angelou’s 3rd ebook of verse. those poems are robust, precise, and fresh—and, as consistently, packed with the lifting rhythms of affection and remembering. And nonetheless I Rise is written from the guts, a party of lifestyles as basically Maya Angelou has chanced on it.
“It is right poetry she is writing,” M.F.K. Fisher has saw, “not simply rhythm, the beat, rhymes. i locate it very relocating and now and then attractive. It has an innate purity approximately it, unquenchable dignity. . . . it really is remarkable, flabbergasting, to acknowledge it, in the entire phrases I learn on a daily basis and evening . . . it offers me center, to listen to so in actual fact the caged fowl making a song and to appreciate her notes.”
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And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems by Maya Angelou