There is NO WAY Maya Angelou should be #3 after Shakespeare? ! ! Really? ! She has only done a few dozen poems. Emily Dickerson has done over 1,000. Stop with the political correctness. She might belong at the bottom of the 500 list if at all. Get real people.
I absolutely LOVE Maya Angelou, I grew up watching my sister perform Phenomenal Woman which made me read and develop a love for poetry. I even tried to write like her.....I doubt that was a goal I actually reached lol. Although her work greatly contributed to my style of writing. I remember the first time I read Still I Rise amazing!
I have read some of your poems and become your fan. I am a poet of Bangladesh, generally compose poems in Bangla, have some short poems in English version. I wish you read some of my poems and threw your comments. Is it possible for you. You are such a poet who has keen eyes and who knows how to play with words and how to offer a new message. I salute you.
I love to hear the poetry of this great poet. She along with several other African American writers are the inspirations to my writing. I too write poetry and it's my passion since the young age of 8. I have always said and dreamed of being a best selling author of original poetry of all sorts. I feel this is my gift from God and it should be shared with the world. Thanks Maya Angelou you really have helped pave the way for many like me. GOD BLESS.