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(4 April 1928)

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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  • Miss tee (3/6/2008 10:02:00 AM)

    I love it! ! ! Great piece. Provides a sense of empowerment to us women, especially those of us who do not fit the media's portrayal of the 'beautiful' woman. Thanks for sharing..wonderful

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  • A . (2/29/2008 12:29:00 PM)

    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,

    Wonderful....... :)

  • Poetic Soul (2/22/2008 8:31:00 AM)

    I love Maya Angelou for this poem especially. It provides a source of empowerment for us women who may not fit society view of beauty. It also speaks truth to how I as an African American woman feels about myself. I am indeed a mystery to men and I do feel that 'I'm not built to suit a fashion model size' and I have no problem with it So Kudos Maya for a wonderful job well done.

  • Chaotic Life - Curly M. (2/19/2008 9:25:00 AM)

    love this poem! !
    one of my favorites

  • Marek Zielinski (2/18/2008 7:35:00 AM)

    I'm sorry to deceive all the women out there, but it is one of the most sexist poems. In one word she defines herself by the stare of the others, and specifically the men. It is also full of clichés, like the one about woman's mystery, it is so used. It is not a celebration of one's inner beauty, it is arrogance in most ridiculous way. You call it over-confidance, and people with low self-esteem compensate the lack of it by that mean. I'm not surprised that a lot of young women fall in the trap.

  • Ibrahim Sambo (2/17/2008 3:28:00 PM)

    Maya, what phenomenal lines you've written there.Great work!

  • Coll B. Lue (2/17/2008 8:53:00 AM)

    I like Maya's novels and this poem too.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Debra Cowley (1/27/2008 11:07:00 PM)

    I always marvel over the way her poems are so real to whom she is. The women discripes her self of mystery to a man. She is always in a changing mood of emotion of style and grace in color in her body that might not be perfect but yet so profound.. Thank for inspiration

    Debra Cowley

  • Barry Mck (1/27/2008 4:15:00 PM)

    To be entirely fair this whole website is a joke. The comments for this poem are 90% female and the rest of the 10% written by men are mostly coherently negative when evaluating this poem.

    To be fair again, it would be people searching for 'maya angelou' specifically that will end up leaving a comment here, and who would search for this poet.

    I'm sure Maya is a woman of many talents, this poem however does not exhibit any.

    This website is proof of what can happen when anyone (but not everyone) is given a voice.

  • Riquetta Elliott (1/26/2008 9:34:00 PM)

    When I read this poem over and over again, it makes me confident and more beautiful to make me a phenomenal woman. Very beautiful and outstanding poem.

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