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  1. This is the first in a six-part autobiography of poet, writer and public speaker- Maya Angelou. It covers the early story of her life from the age of 3 until she is seventeen. I read the book when I was eleven when Ottlie either brought it or lend it to me. Some of the more graphic parts shocked me at the time and probably still would if I reread it but it is the first book that I ever loved and thought change my perspective on life. I have still to get around to reading the other five in the series but I fully intent to as I found I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings mesmerizing.
  2. Recovered thread I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings I stop by poemhunter once in a while, and this is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou is one of few poets that I really get. I think it's the rhythms and the easy readability that make her poems enjoyable to me. It's late here and I've had a beer or two: does the time of day or your "intoxication level" change the way you read and enjoy poetry. I cannot enjoy a perfectly readable poem at 9:00am like I can after dinner. Now, where's the absinthe?
  3. Rescued thread. I love this poem. Just saying the word Phe-nom-e-nal makes me adore the English language all the more. Phenomenal Woman This is the Number one poem on poemhunter.com. I don't know know whether it ought to be number one, but it's certainly one of the better poems I've read today. It's a bit "I am woman! Celebrate me!" but it reads wonderfully. I know of her from her autobiographies, but I didn't know she was a poet. Quote: Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou 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, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can't see. I say, It's in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed. I don't shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It's in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, 'Cause I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. --------------------------------------------------------- Hazel 9th September 2006 11:14 AM Great poem Adrian, I am going to email it to my sister - thanks for that!
  4. Maya Angelou - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - 1969 The author has led a very difficult life - at least in her youth. And she tells us all about it in this book. Racism, poverty, growing up with different caregivers, child abuse, early pregnancy. Event though there are a lot of bad things happening in her life, she never loses her humour. I have enjoyed reading this book and have a great respect for anyone overcoming such a background and making something of themselves. (thread first started 23.11.06)
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