“There I go, rising”: Maya Angelou performing her poetry

Maya AngelouLike readers and writers the world over, we at PRISM international is saddened by the passing of writer, teacher and generally phenomenal woman, Dr. Maya Angelou.

But, like all artists who create, Maya Angelou has left behind enough of herself in her words. So in this week’s e-phemera, I’ve rounded up some recordings of Maya reading from her work.

But beware: you may weep. I certainly did…

From the excellent Brainpickings.org, here is a Maya Angelou reading her children’s story ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me’, which she said is for “all the children who whistle in the dark”.

And here is a reading of one of her most celebrated poems, ‘Phenomenal Woman’.

Maya Angelou was the first African-American and the first female inaugural poet. Here she reads ‘The First Pulse of Morning’ at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.

If you want some life advice, listen to ‘Note to Self’, a letter  that Maya wrote to her fifteen-year old self at the age of eighty-three.

A fitting note to end on is ‘And Still I Rise’.  “Does my sassiness upset you?” she asks. (No, it does not.) “And, naturally, there I go rising.”

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