“A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman” ~ US President Barack Obama
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Maya Angelou passed away recently (May 28, 2014 – aged 86), and I was a great fan of her work and her outlook. However, although I had read much of her poetry I had never read her most famed piece of work, her memoirs I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, something I would have to rectify.
Last week I finally picked it up and started to read and what a gift that beautiful lady had with words. It’s a stunningly beautiful piece of writing even before you get well stuck into the subject matter, and it’s written with crushing honesty. There is a skill to being able to recall not only events from your childhood, but to also evoke the sentiments you felt at the time, and it’s a skill Maya has in abundance.