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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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  • Petra Soliman (3/28/2008 6:48:00 AM)

    This is certainly my number one poem of all times from this day forward =D; fantastic words and lines, truly love you! !

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  • Deenisha Raghubar (3/28/2008 6:31:00 AM)

    This is an amazing piece of poetry. It epitomises a natural women. We are different in the most beautiful ways. This is my favourite poem

  • Kortne Dickens (3/21/2008 12:20:00 AM)

    this is one of my favorite poem and it is go for women are not pretty, help with self-esteem.

  • Tosa Claudiu (3/8/2008 7:00:00 AM)

    feminism. too much feminism for me I may say.

  • 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

  • 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!

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