The month of flowers, MAY!
Summer is almost over, at least here in the Philippines, and Flores De Mayo (Flowers of May) is starting. For the month of flowers. I think it’s fitting to feature non other than MAYA ANGELOU! Yehey!
She’s a great poet and writes wonderful inspirational stories and May and Maya goes along so well (don’t you think?). As like all other featured poets, a brief biography is included below.
I wish you all the best for this month and the coming months. Keep on blogging and see you all around the blogosphere!
Writer and African-American activist Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri.
She is an author, actress, screenwriter, dancer and poet. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, Angelou had a difficult childhood. Her parents split up when she was very young, and she and her older brother Bailey were sent to live with their father’s mother, Anne Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas.
She suffered at the hands of a family associate around the age of seven. During a visit with her mother, Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. Her uncles killed the boyfriend for the sexual assault. So traumatized by the experience, Angelou stopped talking. She returned to Arkansas and spent years as a virtual mute.
In the mid-1950s, Angelou’s career as a performer started to take off. At the urging of her friend, writer James Baldwin, she began writing about her life experiences. The result of her efforts became the 1970 best-selling memoir about her childhood and young adult years entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This poignant work made Angelou an international literary star.
Angelou has written several autobiographies. She has also published several collections of poetry, including Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die (1971). This collection was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.