Maya Angelou's Twitter feed may be the best poem she ever wrote

Pithy, lyrical, expansive -- Angelou was a master of the 140-character form

Published May 28, 2014 4:52PM (EDT)

 (AP/Doug Mils)
(AP/Doug Mils)

The world continues to mourn Dr. Maya Angelou, poet, writer, actress, director, civil rights icon, professor: a woman who inspired and touched millions with her poems -- some of which were only 140 characters. Angelou, who died on Wednesday at 86 years, had more than 400,000 followers for good reason. Her last tweet, "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God," seems particularly haunting yet enlightened now. Angelou was a sage both of the written and the virtual page, dispensing calming, quotable Tweet-wisdom to her legions of fans. Here are some of her most lyrical tweets:

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By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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