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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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  • Mo. (6/5/2007 5:10:00 PM)

    ''My mother is a phenominal woman''
    Thank You Maya!

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  • Julia Hill (5/31/2007 11:16:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou empowers all women but, especially those of us who forget about how beautiful we are from the inside/out.... she reminds us that no matter what, we are always Phenomenal! Not only as women, but as human beings too. Phenomenal words, from a phenomenal soul. This poem always brings me to tears. *applauds*

  • George Wootton (5/29/2007 1:04:00 PM)

    Phenomenal writing! This explanation brings much light to your mystery for us wondering men. Great poem!

  • Marilyn Lott (5/19/2007 10:23:00 PM)

    I saw Maya at a poetry convention in Orlando, Florida in 1986. She is the most elequent speaker I have ever heard. At the time I didn't know who she was but I will never forget her. I've read most of her autobiographies. A talented and fascinating woman!


  • Suzyn Smith Webb (5/13/2007 2:15:00 PM)

    I think David Poltergeist is kidding.

  • H Dass (5/12/2007 12:55:00 PM)

    If this poem is so awful, then why is it among the top poems on this list and in the world? I think its a beautiful poem, that gives off a self-confident vibe to the reader. It is absolutly one of my favorites. No matter what anybody says, I will always be a fan of Maya Angelou's poetry.

  • David Poltergeist (5/9/2007 7:55:00 AM)

    Horrible. Absolute disgrace to poetry. I dont know who you think you are Maya but you are going NOWHERE in the poetry business. You suck. Absolutely horrible.

  • Diana Poems (5/6/2007 6:15:00 PM)

    'It's in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care'

    The last line of this verse 'The need of my care' ruins the whole poem- a woman is not phenomenal when she can't even take care of herself. Also, besides a woman's beauty, what about her intelligence? What about her ability to use her brain and not her body to make a difference? ? This poem is but another stereotype of women and how we are constantly judged on what we wear and our looks. How we walk or 'The click of our heels' says nothing about how intelligent we are or how strong a woman is. Poem lack density, lacks truth.

  • Hime Hiroda (5/2/2007 4:38:00 AM)

    Well said for all women... this is one great poem! ! ! !

  • Olabode Oluwatayo (4/27/2007 5:28:00 AM)

    great piece! ! ! ,
    ... a must-have on every woman's wall

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