Monday, 31 August 2020

always, always freedom: a found poem
                        the life of maya angelou

by Sister Lou Ella Hickman

and origin st. louis
not yet eight years old  
five arkansas years
her nomadic journey
a litany:
 1940  san francisco
 a cocktail waitress  a prostitute
 madam  a cook   and a dancer
1944 a son
late 1950’s new york   
harlem’s writers guild
porgy and bess 
studied danced with martha graham
cairo  later ghana
 california  again   a feature film
(one of the first african american women)
roots   poetic justice  how to make an American quilt
down to the delta
her life: maya angelou and still i rise
poetry volumes  “On the Pulse of Morning”     professor
medal of freedom

always   always   freedom  the caged bird sang

Taken from “Maya Angelou: American poet, memoirist, and actress” Encyclopedia Britannic online.

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Sister Lou Ella Hickman’s poems and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and journals as well as four anthologies. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017. Her first book of poetry entitled she: robed and wordless was published in 2015 (Press 53).

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