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    • POEM: Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou (1/11/2008 5:50:00 PM)

      It's insanely funny to me, that there isn't a single person in this forum, that I have ever heard of. Yet, they are passing judgment on Maya Angelou? Let us not forget exactly who it is we are talking about.

      Let's look at her record:
      She is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist.

      Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth (Random House,1995) , The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994) , Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993) , Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) , I Shall Not Be Moved (1990) , Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983) , Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975) , and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie (1971) , which was nominated for the Pulitzer prize.

      In 1959, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1961 to 1962 she was associate editor of The Arab Observer in Cairo, Egypt, the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East, and from 1964 to 1966 she was feature editor of the African Review in Accra, Ghana. She returned to the U.S. in 1974 and was appointed by Gerald Ford to the Bicentennial Commission and later by Jimmy Carter to the Commission for International Woman of the Year. She accepted a lifetime appointment in 1981 as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1993, Angelou wrote and delivered a poem, 'On The Pulse of the Morning, ' at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton at his request.
      (information from the Academy of American Poets)

      These are just a FEW of her accomplishments. It's obvious, someone thinks she's good! Let us also, not forget that she is making money, and publishing her work. While a shocking number of readers on this page, hold her poetry in derision, she is laughing all the way to the bank.