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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  - Mikaylynn Williams - Goodreads

This was the first poetry book I have read but it wasn't bad! It was different and I loved a couple of the poems in this book. Looking forward to reading more poetry books. Read full review

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From her mastery of slant rhyme to her gorgeous cadence, Maya Angelou helped me rediscover language and taught me about perspectives on life other than my own. A beautiful book and I'd highly recommend it to any lover of poetry or anyone who wants a deeper understanding of our world. 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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