Shaker, why don't you sing?

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Random House, 1983 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 44 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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Review: Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?

User Review  - Sarah Ansani - Goodreads

This book of Angelou's poetry is more alive than her earlier works. There's more resolution and focus in these poems. We venture from her earlier Africa to the American south. There is more jazz and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Jensen - Goodreads

This is Angelou's fourth book, and the second in which she is a really great poet. I'm especially impressed by those reveling in her sexuality, looking cynically on relationships, celebrating African ... Read full review


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MAYA ANGELOU is a poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director. 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, and "A Brave and Startling Truth," written at the request of the United Nations and read at its fiftieth anniversary. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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