Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

A Poetry Picture Book



ISBN: 9781419727481 Categories: ,

Maya Angelou, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sara Jane Boyers


Shadows on the wallNoises down the hallLife doesn’t frighten me at allMaya 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.Celebrating its successful 25 years in print, this brilliant introduction to poetry and contemporary art features brief, updated biographies of Angelou and Basquiat, an afterword from the editor, and a fresh new look. 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.

Additional information

Weight 428 g
Dimensions 22.1 x 27.5 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 February 2018
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.1 x 27.5 cm
Weight 428 g


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The beloved poet Maya Angelou (1928–2014) was, among other things, a novelist, playwright, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist.

Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Haitian and Puerto Rican parents. His first artistic expressions were created and enjoyed as urban street art. His art is exhibited in over a dozen museums around the world, including the MoMA, the Met, and the Whitney.

A California-based writer/editor, internationally exhibiting fine art photographer, and former music industry attorney and artist manager, Sara Jane Boyers has returned to the world of children’s publishing with a series of photo-illustrated book projects. Her focus remains on the arts with a bit of social activism thrown in, starting with her award-winning Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, now celebrating twenty-five years in publication.