Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Author(s): Maya Angelou; Jean-Michel Basquiat; Sara Jane Boyers

children's picture books

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.


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.


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Angelou's poetic celebration of the courage within each person is matched by the daring vision of artist Basquiat, whose childlike style reveals the fanciful imaginings of childhood. In this introduction to poetry and contemporary art, brief biographies of Angelou and Basquiat accompany the text and artwork.

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


Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat 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.


Editor Sara Jane Boyers shares her professional life between the entertainment industry and the art community. She is a television producer, collector of twentieth-century art, and mother of two.

General Fields

  • : 9781419727481
  • : Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • : Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • : November 2017
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Maya Angelou; Jean-Michel Basquiat; Sara Jane Boyers
  • : Hardback
  • : 25th Anniversary edition
  • : 40