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Did you catch how some celebrities on the web called out certain other celebrities on Twitter and FB last week when the Quotable Author-Poet Maya Angelou died? The criticism was that they were just using the amazing writer’s death to collect pings and draw traffic for themselves now that she had passed but a lot of them had never acknowledged her while she lived. Do you think it matters? Or is it never too late to give up some respect for people who have earned it?
One quotable poet who did show Ms. Angelou R-E-S-P-E-C-T while she lived was the author of Journey through the Power of the Rainbow. He tweeted like everybody else when the author died and even got RT by the Oprah Magazine South African edition:
Before Angelou passed, the authors were back-to-back on the Ranker list of 50 Amazing Contemporary International Poets. The original list was supposed to be alphabetical, which would have put the Quotable Poet at number 1, but Angelou has occupied the number 1 position since the list first popped up.
The most we could find on the Internet by the Quotable Poet Aberjhani writing about Maya Angelou was a review of her inauguration poem for President Bill Clinton, On the Pulse of Morning, and his article about the possibility of her winning a Nobel Prize in Literature. The review of the poem is a short one you can check out on LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/work/76843/reviews/9575484 . This is an excerpt from the article on the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was written before Angelou received her Literarian Award:
Although Angelou has never received a Nobel, a Pulitzer Prize, or American Book Award, she is nevertheless: an acknowledged presidential inauguration poet (for William Clinton, 1993); the acclaimed author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in addition to other noted memoirs; an honored actress; a celebrated television literary personality; a life-time appointed Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University; and an all-around lionized icon of letters in her own right. In addition, like [Toni] Morrison, Angelou’s work has been frequently celebrated by [Oprah] Winfrey and the media tycoon has referred to the author as one of her mentors.
—Maya Angelou Long-listed for Nobel Prize in Literature, by Aberjhani
Rest in Peace Dr. Angelou,