Maya Angelou, Poems

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Bantam Books, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time.

"The wisdom, rue and humor of her storytelling are borne on a lilting rhythm completely her own, the product of a born writer's senses nourished on black church singing and preaching, soft mother talk and salty street talk, and on literature: James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Shakespeare and Gorki." -- "The New York Times Book Review."

"Black, bitter and beautiful, she speaks of our survival." -- James Baldwin.

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Contents

To a Man
7
Tears
13
The Mothering Blackness
19
Can Lie to You
22
Letter to an Aspiring Junkie
28
Faces
34
No No No No
40
On Working White Liberals
46
Song for the Old Ones
100
Elegy
107
PART ONE TOUCH ME LIFE NOT SOFTLY
115
Phenomenal Woman
121
Just for a Time
127
My Arkansas
134
The Singer Will Not Sing
140
Woman Work
144

Pickin Em Up and Layin Em Down
54
Passing Time
62
Senses of Insecurity
68
A Conceit
74
For Us Who Dare Not Dare
80
The Couple
86
Almost Remember
92
Southeast Arkanasia
99
The Memory
151
Life Doesnt F righten Me
158
Mrs V B
165
Awaking in New York
171
Unmeasured Tempo
177
Avec Merci Mother
184
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About the author (1986)

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.

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