Conversation with the "Phenomenal Woman"

Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou & Michèle Voltaire Marcelin

Life Gift:
Sharing a blessed moment with Maya Angelou,
reciting her poem “I Rise” with her:

“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust,
I’ll rise.
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I rise
I rise
I rise!!”

The “caged bird” has not stopped singing ~ for our greatest joy!


Maya Angelou: Wisdom, generosity, grace, strength and joy all in one!
To her I dedicate my poem “I Am Woman”
“who owns me
who owns my laughter
i say no one
a joyfulness of bells
resounds deep inside me
innumerable seas rise in me
wondrous and fierce
the lavishness of my spirit
i rejoice in the world”

(I Am Woman ~ Michele Voltaire Marcelin)

Listen to my conversation with Maya Angelou, which was a part of the following radio program which aired on May 12th, 2010:

Find out whose lives are on the pages, when two writers and a poet join Dr. Maya Angelou. Walter Mosley discusses his new crime series with the release of ‘Known To Evil’. Then noted Chilean author Isabel Allende tells she became physically ill until completing the story of a challenging and provocative Haitian character in her new novel, ‘Island Beneath the Sea’. And Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, a Haitian poet and performer tells how her work changed after the devastating earthquake in Haiti.”

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