Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn't frighten me at all
Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young and old. From the scary thought of panthers in the park to the unsettling scene of a new classroom, fearsome images are summoned and dispelled by the power of faith in ourselves.
Angelou's strong words are accompanied by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's paintings, whose childlike style reveals the powerful emotions and fanciful imaginings of childhood. Celebrating its successful 25 years in print, this is a brilliant introduction to poetry and contemporary art with biographies of Angelou and Basquiat.