From the moment it was published in 1978, “Still I Rise” has been one of Maya Angelou’s best-loved and most influential poems. It has inspired figures as diverse as Bill Clinton and Tupac Shakur and has become a staple in the canon of American poetry. Dr. Angelou’s directness and candor affirms the power of individual strength over collective history, as well as to the power of individual lives to shape our shared future. Watch and listen as the great poet, who died at age 86 on 28 May 2014, introduces and recites her paean to resilience and dignity.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
- W.B. Yeats -
Anis Mojgani performs “Shake the Dust”
Soak your wordsin your mindbefore you speak,let your thoughtsblossom.
The Japanese have a word, Kenzoku, which translated means, family. The definition suggests a bond between humans who’ve made a similar dedication to share the same story. It implies the presence of the deepest connection of friendship.
Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
I want to have a completely adventurous, passionate, weird life”
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
your head is a living forest full of song birds - but does it float.
The most radical thing we can do in this world is be joyful.
Stop acting so small.
You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
“She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes…
Just let go.
Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.