Poems: Maya Angelou

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Random House Publishing Group, 1986 - Poetry - 209 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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Maya's poems are really depressing. I haven't done any research on her, but I've heard that she writes poems about her life. Read full review

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Baudelaire has a poem where two men are walking together, and they see a beggar. The first man keeps walking, but the second man drops a counterfeit coin into the beggar's cup. The first man thinks ... Read full review

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Tears
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The Mothering Blackness
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About the author (1986)

Poet, writer, performer, teacher and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then went to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?, as well as the celebrated poem "On the Pulse of Morning," which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.


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