I noted two of my favorite poems by Maya Angelou in the post My favorite author a few days ago, and in this post, I tell why. ‘Phenomenal Woman’ speaks to me because it celebrates being a black woman. It’s empowering. It’s haughty. It’s a reminder. It’s redeeming. It’s BOLD. It describes me.
Bloganuary Day 25 prompt: What’s a song or poem that speaks to you and why? There are many songs that speak to me, but too many to blog about quickly.
Being a black woman in America is hard. We’ve been demonized, sexualized, and envied. Maya Angelou has managed to uplift many women across races, and I presume some men also. She’s inspired a nation. She was a prolific writer, poet, and orator. She had the best quotes EVER.
I love today’s prompt because it made me go to my home library and reread 2 of my favorite poems,’Phenomenal Woman’ and ‘Still I Rise’. When I was much younger, I read her autobiography, “I know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” I don’t know what happened to that book and I’m not happy about that.
Race, social justice, poverty, discrimination, family, joy, hope, beauty, self-love…she had a way of writing that illuminated the pages and my mind.
Bloganuary Day 21: Who is your favorite author and why?