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A salute to Maya Angelou

Posted: June 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Perhaps the most difficult task to make a financial living at is that of being a poet. Yet, if one is great enough and has a measure of luck — like Maya Angelou — it is not impossible.

Her poetry reached out to all sectors of the human predicament. As great as she was, she was not an elitist. Her poetry left nobody behind.

Poetry is less understood by the balance of Americans here in the 21st century than it was at the founding of our nation. Indeed, in the 1700s, poetry was a common form of literary expression out of which all peoples took notice to better their lives, a far cry from the computerized-and-technical age in which we live today.

However, as I say, Maya’s stuff was so great that it transcended any era and any culture. She was 86 when she died.

Yes, Maya’s stuff was read at the university level but also at the family dinner table. Parents read Maya to their children at bedtime.

Personally, I am not a fan of poetry, but I am a fan of Maya’s poetry! When I read her stuff, suddenly I became deeply interested in that literary genre.

Nobody lives forever, but her great poetry shall never die out.


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