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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

RIP, Maya Angelou

She spoke at my grad school graduation.  It was a small group, under a 100.  But everyone of us felt she spoke directly to us the whole time.  The only other time I've felt that way was when I heard Bill Clinton speak.  (What is it about people from Arkansas?)  I remember her saying she thought William Shakespeare was a black girl from Arkansas, the way he spoke to her.  I remember her saying how she didn't speak until she was six.

And what a voice she developed.

Here are a few of her more memorable poems

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