Phenomenal Woman

This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first one is Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” I love the rhythm, voice, and take-no-prisoners attitude of this poem. In it, Maya Angelou owns her womanhood absolutely and unapologetically. Every time I read it, I feel the thrill of recognition and the yearning to be more and bigger and better.

I’ll do the other poem on my next post, April 24th. If you’re doing anything to celebrate National Poetry Month, let me know in the comments section. I want to come celebrate with you!

Happy weekend, you guys.




  1. tinakomi on April 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Love this, Judy! The poem, the art, and you! xoxo

    • j on April 10, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you! <3

      I went to bed not knowing what I would do, and woke up with this idea. I love how sometimes our subconscious can go right to work on something while we sleep.

  2. Cheryl Olsen on April 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Whoa J, this is seriously . . . um . . . phenomenal! Love how much you accomplish with a curvy line or two, and negative space. Just know Maya’s smiling large.

    • j on April 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Cheryl. I LOVE this poem. Since discovering it (only a few National Poetry Days ago), I’ve read it so many times – there is such music in it, and attitude and power. What a gift Maya Angelou was. I love the idea that she is smiling large.

  3. lunajune on April 10, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    :~) colourful and truthful just like you

    • j on April 10, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Haha! I’ll happily wear those adjectives, June!

  4. Joy Montgomery on April 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm


    • j on April 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Big smile. Thanks, Joy.

  5. Karin on April 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    It’s beautiful. I’m sure she would approve 🙂
    I wanted to do something special for National Poetry Writing Month, but a. I’m finally on vacation and b. I already have poems post daily. Maybe a poetry marathon like I did last year would be nice.
    Anyway, love your art! <3

    • j on April 11, 2015 at 5:54 am

      Thanks, Karin, and really, every month is Poetry Month at your place. ; )

  6. Susan on April 11, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Love it, J. And you ARE a phenomenal woman! xoxo

    • j on April 11, 2015 at 5:55 am

      As are you, Susan. xoxo

  7. leah77 on April 11, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I adore Maya’s knack for using plain language as decorations for the remarkable. And you, Ms J, are a phenomenal woman. I love your illustration. <3

  8. j on April 12, 2015 at 6:38 am

    You have that same knack, Leah, although in both your cases, your arrangement of the plan speak makes it extraordinary. xox

  9. Pam on April 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Wonderful! I love it.

    • j on April 13, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Thank you, Pam! xo

  10. Annie Neugebauer (@AnnieNeugebauer) on April 13, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Oh, I absolutely love this!

    • j on April 13, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Thank you so much, Annie!

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  12. Clare on November 5, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Do you sell this in a print? I would love to frame this to look at everyday!

    • J Clement Wall on November 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Hi, Clare. Send me a note through my Contacts Page or let me know if it’s okay to send you an email, and we’ll see what we can do for you. 🙂

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