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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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  • Jessel Jane Tevar (8/25/2006 2:36:00 AM)

    WOW... im utterly speechless.
    Two-thumbs up!

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  • ***** ********* (8/23/2006 8:17:00 PM)

    This made me smile deeply. Thanks Maya Angelou, you say all there needs to be said about be a phenomenal woman and so exquisitely jauntily it trips down the page too. No wonder it is number one. An amazingly enpowering poem to both sex's. Tai

  • Samuel Nze (8/18/2006 12:30:00 PM)

    Believe me, one who writes like this indeed is a phenomenal woman - this poem is a masterpiece... anyday.

  • Gajanan Balasubramaniam (8/15/2006 1:37:00 PM)

    This should be the anthem for the new age woman!

  • Ebone' Ingram (8/9/2006 11:25:00 AM)

    Maya Angelou is one of my role models. I love her poetry because she tells it like it is. This is one of my favorites. # 1indeed.

    Eni da kid

  • Jasjiv Singh (7/28/2006 12:04:00 PM)

    awesome! one of the best poems i've read. i've made all my gal pals read it.

  • Lauren White (7/22/2006 10:48:00 AM)

    I first heard this poem whilst I was watching one of my favourite films; Poetic Justice. As soon as I heard it I loved it. It empowers women and sends a positive message to women with low self-esteem. Beautiful.

  • Brian Dorn (7/17/2006 10:23:00 AM)

    And, the stroke of your pen and the warmth of your heart... simply 'Phenomenal.'

  • Amanda Mathias (7/15/2006 3:24:00 AM)

    Not every poem written by a women needs to express how smart and brave and proud of it we are. I agree that that is a wonderful thing, and should be taught and expressed. Although this poem is about sexuality and embracing it. You can never fully enjoy being a women if you can't love the body and soul you were blessed with. After all, she's not just talking about her breasts and hips here! ! ! It's so much more then that, its the mystery, power, and seduction she holds over them. And that is what makes this poem awesome!

  • Diana Poems (7/12/2006 8:02:00 AM)

    I am taking a lot of women's study classes in college now. This poem would be in the garbage for the way it portrays women as only objects and not as intellectual creatures that they are. Good rhythm, but bad message.

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