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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  • iain Robb (3/16/2014 7:04:00 AM)

    Dismal. But at least, unlike Sharon Olds, say, it's at least entertainingly bad. (Report) Reply

  • Hannah Blockley (3/15/2014 3:54:00 PM)

    Makes me want to cry because it is just so beautiful, how does one write those wonderful words. (Report) Reply

  • Sayema Hashimi (3/13/2014 2:13:00 AM)

    Nice poem very beautiful i am new to poetry take a minute and leave your thoughts in the comments also if I had any mistakes correct it in the comments thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Jaya Jaspal (3/8/2014 4:45:00 PM)

    This is so moving, very powerful. Check out some of my poems...kinda new here, ya see :) (Report) Reply

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  • Celine Warren (3/3/2014 9:55:00 PM)

    I love the direction Maya Angelou takes in writing. It seems as if she never wrote for publishing or any type of glory. All of the poems I've read from her, point towards the concerns of fairness, equality, and strength in the people who share her same beliefs. Though looking back on her poetry, it helps change our perspectives and inspires a few of us. We should realize the freedom she consistently fought for was never fully granted. Maya Angelou simply points out the effects a biased person has on society. If we look at our society, our cultures today. We can see that the same problem she wrote about continues in a persons desire for authority, ignorant peoples who look at themselves before their siblings, in cultures where women are told to cover their considerable sexual features- because not all cultural ethics teach us to have self control over our impulsive actions, and we see these problems arise because a single person makes a conscience decision to ignore a simple direction of obedience from their God and/or pre-taught morals. Maya Angelou is an inspiring writer, and her poetry will have a positive effect on our society until the day, this world may find itself at peace. (Report) Reply

  • Vizard Dhawan (2/27/2014 8:12:00 PM)

    I don't think Maya is so much thinking
    color here as much as womanhood. I
    love her style, rhythm, rhyme and
    especially the sassiness of this one. We
    are all phenomenal women, and it's
    when we realize it and wear it
    everyone else will know it. (Report) Reply

  • M Mostaqul Haque (2/25/2014 1:37:00 AM)

    Phenomenal woman really is a nice piece of poetry where lies a granular of secrets in the maximum depth of destiny. To discover that the poet tried most and all poets have been trying consistently in the hips, lips, reefs of the time and everywhere in the arts. That’s an expected satisfaction, a hidden treasure, demanding continual quest in all age regular and phenomenal. Wishing the poet’s cheerful long life, M Mostaqul Haque, Bangladesh (Report) Reply

  • Nikolai Morskoi (2/1/2014 9:03:00 PM)

    I sometimes wonder if deep down Maya Angelou was secretly (or maybe susubconsciously?) insecure. And she wrote her poems with the intent to feel better about herself, perhaps she wanted to beautify herself through language? (Report) Reply

  • Bill Shirk (1/23/2014 2:09:00 PM)

    It seems to say that being a woman is about attracting men (maybe it is) . I have never seen her, but I would bet she is fairly unattractive physically in the conventional sense and that her viewpoint originates in feelings of inferiority; I think she misses the point of what being phenomenal is all about. I think she has been much over rated as a poet, riding the great coattails of feminism. (Report) Reply

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