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Bantam, 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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User Review  - AlanWPowers - LibraryThing

Angelou is a first-rate autobiographer, and a mediocre poet, though a fine aloudreader and stage presence in an era when even Obama's first inaugural poet had no idea how to aloudread her own poem ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jazz2107 - LibraryThing

I read this book because I enjoy reading poetry. Maya Angelou is a true poet. Poetry has the ability to convey any emotion that you are feeling from happy to sad to in between. Children of all ages should be introduced to poetry but this book is probably for sixth graders. Read full review


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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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