And Still I Rise

And Still I Rise

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Random House, Inc.
Maya Angelou’s unforgettable collection of poetry lends its name to the documentary film about her life, And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.
 
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.
 
Thus begins “Phenomenal Woman,” just one of the beloved poems collected here in Maya Angelou’s third book of verse. These poems are powerful, distinctive, and fresh—and, as always, full of the lifting rhythms of love and remembering. And Still I Rise is written from the heart, a celebration of life as only Maya Angelou has discovered it.
 
“It is true poetry she is writing,” M.F.K. Fisher has observed, “not just rhythm, the beat, rhymes. I find it very moving and at times beautiful. It has an innate purity about it, unquenchable dignity. . . . It is astounding, flabbergasting, to recognize it, in all the words I read every day and night . . . it gives me heart, to hear so clearly the caged bird singing and to understand her notes.”

Baker & Taylor
Maya Angelou's third poetry collection, a unique celebration of life, consists of rhythms of strength, love, and remembrance, songs of the street, and lyrics of the heart

Publisher: New York : Random House, [1978]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1978
ISBN: 9780394502526
0394502523
Branch Call Number: 811.54 Angelou 1978
Characteristics: 54 pages ; 22 cm

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Jul 02, 2014

I'm not usually a fan of poetry, but in wanted to try something different for summer reading. The poems were very interesting, and made me quite thoughtful afterwards.

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debwalker Oct 20, 2010

"Just like moons and like suns,/ With the certainty of tides,/ Just like hopes springing high,/ Still I'll rise!" --from And Still I Rise! by Maya Angelou.

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