Life Doesn't Frighten Me (25th Anniversary Edition)

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Maya Angelou’s unforgettable poem is matched with the daring art of Jean-Michel Basquiat in this powerful ode to courage

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 matched by the daring vision of artist Jean-Michel  Basquiat, whose childlike style reveals the powerful emotions and  fanciful imaginings of childhood. Together, Angelou's words and  Basquiat's paintings create a place where every child, indeed every  person, may experience his or her own fearlessness.

This  brilliant introduction to poetry and contemporary art features brief  biographies of Angelou and Basquiat and an afterword from the editor. A  selected bibliography of Angelou's books and a selected museum listing  of Basquiat's works open the door to further inspiration through the  fine arts.


  • Hardcover :  40 pages 
  • Product Dimensions :  8.8 x 0.45 x 10.85 inches 
  • Publisher :  Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated Edition (January 9, 2018)