Maya Angelou: Great activist! But not a great poet.

In response to Apple’s use of Maya Angelou’s poem “The Human Family” in their latest ad, Helen Razer of the Daily Review has written an essay called:

THE AWFULLY GOOD ACTIVISM AND TERRIBLY BAD POETRY OF MAYA ANGELOU – August 15, 2016

Angelou, a black activist, has been cruelly revised by nice moderates in the same way Nelson Mandela was after his death—they become cuddly and forgiving relics of a battle (mostly white) moderates like to pretend was won and not, as they were, angry revolutionaries, likely still pissed off at the time of their death. …If I don’t mention how great Angelou the activist thinker was, someone will have me admitted to a hospital for the dangerously miserable. And I won’t effectively urge you to critically read her poems, which are almost uniformly shit. Unlike her activism.(Read more.) 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: