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What I Am Currently Reading: Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou



I love Maya Angelou’s works – they are intense, very aware, and, of course, they empower women. The collection of poems – “Phenomenal woman” is my favourite of all her collections. I find poetry to be therapeutic so beyond just reading them once, I tend to go back to them regularly to gain inspiration. This collection is one I carry about with me a lot- it’s so potent!

Like the subtitle suggests- “Phenomenal Woman” is a collection of four poems celebrating women. Each poem does essentially the same thing but from a different and powerful angle. They all encourage, strengthen and depict the wonder of being a woman.

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Of the four poems my favorite are “Phenomenal Woman” (the collection is named after it) & “Still I Rise”.

Reading though the poem, “Phenomenal Woman”, you feel the lady’s sassiness in her words. You sense feminine power and this power indirectly rubs off on you. The poem salutes the beauty and power of a woman whilst attacking society’s stereotypes of what a woman should look like. -“I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size”

As long as you are confident, and love your every feature, you are phenomenal

“I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.”

In a male dominated world- this is the way you should see yourself- phenomenal you.

My second favourite poem in the collection- “Still I Rise “ is about strength and endurance.

As a woman, sometimes, there are moments when you have a lot of things that are jostling to break you down. This is the poem for those moments. Through it all you should rise

The writer is defiant, resilient- never giving in.

“Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.”

I think every woman should read these poems. They are powerful!

Writer: Josephine Stevens

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