The Caged Bird Has Flown Free

This morning I was saddened to learn of the passing of renowned poet and icon of her generation, Dr. Maya Angelou.  Although I’ve never been a terrific student of poetry, I have experienced Maya’s work when in a high school English class we were asked to select a book of poetry to study.  I chose I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and spent several weeks of the semester reading and doing my best to analyse  and interpret the different poems.  I’ll admit as a teenager I didn’t have the life experience to truly understand the deeper meaning of her words.  In many ways I still don’t.

That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate her life and works.  She is an inspiration and will be missed.


NYTimes Article: Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86



About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, was published in November 2018 and rereleased in Jan 2020. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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2 Responses to The Caged Bird Has Flown Free

  1. ericjbaker says:

    This is a spot-on and succinct tribute to a great and important artist and likely reflects most Americans’ experience with such revered poetry. I like your choice of a photo as well. Poetry can seem obtuse and lofty to many of us, and that image gets at the humility and humanity behind it.

    • Jodi says:

      I think the true makeup of a public figure is measured by their willingness to go on Sesame street and play with the puppets. And you have to love her smile, it truly sparkles.

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