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Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry

Maya Angelou

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Poetry, Prose: non-fiction

As the world celebrates and reflects on the beautiful life of Maya Angelou, Virago presents an updated collection of her works of poetry, collected together for the first time.

From her reflections on African American life and hardship in Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie to her revolutionary celebrations of womanhood in Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise, and her elegant tributes to dignitaries Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela (On the Pulse of Morning and His Day Is Done, respectively), every inspiring word of Maya Angelou's poetry is included in the pages of this volume.

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Praise for Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry

  • One of the brightest lights of our time -- a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal

  • woman

  • The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom

  • and wit, courage and grace . . . I will always be grateful for her electrifying reading of 'On the Pulse

  • of Morning' at my first inaugural, and even more for all the years of friendship that followed

  • The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. "When you learn,

  • teach. When you get, give" is one of my best lessons from her

  • You will hear the regal woman, the mischievous street girl; you will hear the price of black

  • woman's survival and you will hear of her generosity. Black, bitter, and beautiful, she speaks of

  • our survival

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Maya Angelou

Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.

She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.