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Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Phenomenal Woman


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,
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  • Rugyinsun Alwayslearns (8/23/2011 7:09:00 PM)

    Hhmm... So many people say that woman is the interested creature, the beautiful one, and also the noble one because she is a mother. A man? Where is he? (Report) Reply

  • Rahman Henry (8/13/2011 4:07:00 AM)

    I've translated this master work of Angelou in Bengali for the readers of my country. I like this poem so much. (Report) Reply

  • Dale Bowlin (8/8/2011 1:12:00 PM)

    I couldn't have said it better myself John. This is ranked #1 in the list of 500? It'd be laughable if it wasn't so laughable. (Report) Reply

  • John Marino (8/6/2011 2:40:00 PM)

    An add for Jenny Craig maybe? Sad that the Oprah's of the world have lionized this garbage. (Report) Reply

  • Tony Elsby (5/12/2011 7:01:00 AM)

    I like it - the poem makes a statement. It's strong and yet sensitive. Defiant yet inclusive. Uncompromising and yet receptive. Proud yet not antagonistic. A poem worth reading and reading some more. (Report) Reply

  • Shadow Girl (5/10/2011 10:21:00 AM)

    Just read this agin because i think its so awesome! Please check out some of my poetry and see what you think! .....Thanks (Report) Reply

  • Jan Ejsymontt (5/5/2011 10:18:00 AM)

    Great poem; just mailed it to some of my female friends who are thoroughly enjoying it and it has bonded us all. Has a great rhythm and a very modern tone. (Report) Reply

  • Sue-ellen Newman (2/21/2011 12:53:00 AM)

    excellent write beautifully put well done, imagery is beautiful smooth and nice flow great with the title repeated throughout verses well done, Blessings sueellen (Report) Reply

  • Fubara Benstowe (1/19/2011 3:24:00 PM)

    I really luv the poem, the repeatition of the phenominal woman, that i am, the poem depicts the inert dignity of a woman. (Report) Reply

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