Why must we compare? Maya is a poet...period. She is black...period. She is a woman...period. These are all incidental attibutes. What has it got to do with her poetry which, I am sure, was never written in a spirit of competition with other poets. She is good and that is it. Let's just accept that and forget the rating of #1.
She's not bad. Her #1 position is laughable. It's a symptom of our present tendency of totalitarian politization and the primacy of context over content. Stop talking about blackness and women and poverty, tell me why this human being can write.
to Chris H, Allan Rofer, and Joe Walter, , - - u guys are just jealous that shes WAY WAY better than u guys, u have no right to judge someone like this. Is it becuz she's a woman, because she's black? just fudge off, JUST DEAL WITH IT, im SURE u would not like me to say ur all girly bcuz ur researching peoms, which is at the least a girly thing expecially peoms by women
thx very much, .........and boys......TAKE a step back the GIRLS ARE PHENOMENAL
A phenomenal poet who has inspired many lives through her literature that walks into our everyday life and points out the things that our multi-tasking lives have so little to catch up on. Her poems educate our classrooms of trials, conflict, struggle and hope and at the end give us a lesson that dresses the naked eyes with a solid Armour of confidence. All in all I am grateful we have a stalwart to have graced our time of living!