Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book 322: Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Life Doesn't Frighten Me, poem by Maya Angelou, artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1996.

Right after I saw the movie Basquiat I found this book.  Admittedly, I originally watched the movie for Bowie as Warhol and Gary Oldman as Schnabel, but by the end of the movie, I was completely entranced by Basquiat.

I had read a few of Maya Angelou's poems before, but not this one.  The beautiful, eloquent poetry and the harsh, fascinating artwork at first seemed like a strange combination.  My first reaction was:  Life doesn't frighten me, but this book does.  And, yet, somehow that combination does work.  It is both jarring and weirdly comforting.

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