30 Days of Poetry Love- Maya Angelou

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Happy day 7 of National Poetry Month!

Are you ready for the final Maya Angelou poem I’m sharing with you today? This poem was recited by Dr. Angelou at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993.

On the Pulse of Morning

 

What’s your favorite Maya Angelou poem? Which of the five poems I’ve shared this week touched you the most?

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2016 Writing Progress & Writing Goals for 2017

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Whew, the year’s passing so fast and considering how the year’s been so far I wonder if all this rush is because the end is near. Smh, look at me going all cardboard sign repent and wages of sin.

Anyways, time is obviously not on my side. And because NaNoWriMo is next month, I’ve decided to reassess my writing goals early. I usually do it in December but figure I’ll be a bit burned out by then. So a head start is a definite must.

They’re a lot of things I wasn’t able to do per my original plans for 2016. But just as many things happened that weren’t a part of said plans. Everything which will also influence my 2017 goals. The biggest of all is that I’m a ssssllllooooowwww writer. Hence, I must plan better in mind of that. Continue reading

30 Days of Poetry Love 2- Anthology- Maya Angelou

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Happy 20th day of National Poetry Month! And can you believe that there’s only 10 days left? Of course my favorite poem anthology won’t be much of an anthology without a poem by Maya Angelou.

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Born Marguerite Johnson, Maya Angelou was a writer, professor, poet, playwright and a civil rights activist. She worked with Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. And is widely known and praised for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. First of six of her autobiographies.

She wrote and read On the Pulse of Morning at former president Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. And was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86.

You’re probably familiar with and have already read Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise. If not, you’d at least heard about the poems in passing or mentioned in the media.

Although, they are some of my favorite poems from Maya Angelou. Today’s poem was one I stumbled upon and quickly became a favorite as well. Here’s The Mask, an adaptation of We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar.