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Recently we discovered a very inspiring collection of poems in the bookshop. As the editor (suhrkamp) states: For millions of women in the US self esteem began with a poem of Maya Angelou.

Coverdetail (Leanne Shapton/Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Verlag)

An excerpt:

"You may shoot me with your words / you may cut me with your eyes / you may kill me with your hatefulness / but still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you? / does it come as a surprise / that I dance like I've got diamonds / at the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame / I rise / Up from a past that's rooted in pain / I rise / I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, / Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear / I rise / Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear / I rise / Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, / I am the dream and the hope of the slave. / I rise / I rise / I rise."

Breathtaking, don't you think?


Im Buchladen sind wir über eine Gedichtsammlung dieser phänomenalen Frau gestolpert, die zweisprachig bei Suhrkamp erschienen ist. Der Verlag schreibt: Für Millionen Frauen in den USA begann das eigene Selbstvertrauen mit einem Gedicht von Maya Angelou.

Wir sind begeistert von ihr!

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