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This collection includes more than 100 unabridged poems from three previously released volumes: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well, and I Shall Not Be Moved. "On the Pulse of Morning," the Grammy-winning poem written for President Clinton's 1993 inauguration, completes the set. Angelou reads the pieces herself, making eacThis collection includes more than 100 unabridged poems from three previously released volumes: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well, and I Shall Not Be Moved. "On the Pulse of Morning," the Grammy-winning poem written for President Clinton's 1993 inauguration, completes the set. Angelou reads the pieces herself, making each word--sometimes fierce, sometimes soft, but always moving--even lovelier with her velvety voice. This collection is a must-have for all Maya Angelou fans. Listen to Maya Angelou read "Worker's Song." Visit our audio help page for more information. (Running time: 2 hours, 4 cassettes) --C.B. Delaney...

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  • Lisa
    2019-03-07 03:09

    What is it like to be a woman of colour with brilliant intellectual and linguistic power? Is it a blessing, is it a curse, is it both at the same time? Isn't it just being human, in the end? Maya Angelou's poems have accompanied my teaching for a very long time. Her direct, honest words fit any human rights discussions, any debates on racism and misogyny, any reflections on the distribution of wealth and power, privilege and entitlement. Her hopes and fears, her dreams and nightmares are the stuff that humans are made on. She gives everyday life an artistically powerful voice, speaking loudly and confidently from the corner of society that unfortunately still remains invisible or indifferent to those in power.But Maya Angelou is more than just a writer speaking for those without words of their own. She celebrates love, anger, sadness, community and loneliness from the perspective of individual experience, putting a specific, unique person in focus rather than an underprivileged group. She finds beauty in self-confidence rather than prettiness, in effort rather than accomplishment, in dreams rather than status. Hers is a world that CAN BE - if you believe in yourself.I will let her speak for herself, and hope her words help those of us who turned out a bit shy, or short, or insecure, or invisible, or overlooked, to grow an inch while reading:"Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's sizeBut when I start to tell them,They think I'm telling lies.I say,It's in the reach of my armsThe span of my hips,The stride of my step,The curl of my lips.I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.I walk into a roomJust as cool as you please,And to a man,The fellows stand orFall down on their knees.Then they swarm around me,A hive of honey bees.I say,It's the fire in my eyes,And the flash of my teeth,The swing in my waist,And the joy in my feet.I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.Men themselves have wonderedWhat they see in me.They try so muchBut they can't touchMy inner mystery.When I try to show themThey say they still can't see.I say,It's in the arch of my back,The sun of my smile,The ride of my breasts,The grace of my style.I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.Now you understandJust why my head's not bowed.I don't shout or jump aboutOr have to talk real loud.When you see me passingIt ought to make you proud.I say,It's in the click of my heels,The bend of my hair,the palm of my hand,The need of my care,'Cause I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me."That's her. She's phenomenal.

  • Richard Denney
    2019-02-27 10:09

    Such a beautiful and heartfelt read. My favorite poem had to be Still I Rise, my favorite line being: "You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise." Maya is such an inspirational and captivating woman and I'm so happy to have read her some of her work. I plan to read more soon and have more of Maya in my life. :)

  • SheriC (PM)
    2019-03-19 10:14

    I rarely read poetry because I have difficulty connecting with it. But this collection, on audio, is performed by the author herself, and hearing it in her own voice is profoundly moving. It gave me the opportunity to experience some of her less widely known work. Some of my favorites: Sounds Like Pearls Poor GirlOn Reaching Forty I was also delighted to hear her actually sing parts of several spirituals that were the inspiration for the poem she wrote for Clinton’s inauguration. Audiobook version, on CD (ISBN 0375420177), that I purchased on a sale rack years ago. Looking it up online just now in hopes of getting some audio samples to link to, I was amazed at the prices, but it looks as though it’s commonly available at public libraries, per WorldCat. For the Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season book challenge, Task the Fifth: The Kwanzaa (Read a book written by an African-American author or set in an African country)

  • Brittany
    2019-03-02 06:47

    There were a few poems and stanzas that really stood out to me, but in general I'm not a poetry person. I picked this up because it has "Still I Rise" in it and I absolutely fell in love with that poem my senior year of college. Some others that really stood out to me:"Take Time Out," especially:feel some sorrowfor the folkswho think tomorrowis a place that theycan call upon the phone.Take a monthand show some kindnessfor the folkswho thought that blindnesswas an illness thataffected eyes alone.From "Phenomenal Woman":Now you understandJust why my head's not bowed.I don't shout or jump aboutOr have to talk real loud.When you see me passingIt ought to make you proud.I say,It's in the click of my heels,The bend of my hair,the palm of my hand.The need for my care.'Cause I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-03-22 09:08

    If you want wonder, beauty, insight, stimulation, inspiration, rhythm and rhyme, language that shines . . . then this one's for you. If you've never read Angelou, please do. If you've never seen a poet, a guru, a Goddess speak, please do. If you've never been inspired, enlivened by the spirit of humankind, that which goes beyond the bounds of the mundane, lifeless, work-a-day world, please do. Get this book, and as Red in Shawshank Redemption states, "You got to either get to living or get to dying." Don't let the world take you down. Let Maya bring you up to the Mountain Top, to the celestial possibilities inherent in all man-woman kind. Amen!

  • Mayra
    2019-02-23 08:02

    *Favorite poems:In a TimeAloneAfricaSong for the Old OnesPhenomenal WomanStill I RiseA Good Woman Feeling BadUnmeasured TempoCaged BirdWeekend GloryPrescience

  • Nilay
    2019-02-26 03:55

    The first poem I read of Maya Angelou was in Global Literature in 10th grade, when we read "Phenomenal Woman." The powerful literary devices used, especially repetition, made it one of my favorite poems. I was happy when I saw the same poem in this collection of Angelou's poems. The book contains poems on a variety of topics, but I believe Angelou is a feminist writer, and therefore writes poems empowering women. She also includes unforgettable poems that rhyme, deal with past family issues, and capture the ongoing problems of society.

  • Lucas Sierra
    2019-03-07 07:45

    Tanto la sabiduría como la ternura toman tiempo. Cuesta aprender a ser tierno, cuesta aprender a ser sabio. De ahí que en la buena poesía haya una condensación de edades, que los buenos poetas, incluso siendo jóvenes poetas, tengan el alma atravesada por las eras. Maya Angelou tuvo siempre la antigüedad de un continente, y cada palabra en su poesía está íntimamente atravesada de esa certeza. Leerla es permitirse escuchar, al ritmo de blues, la respiración de una tierra vieja, negra y fértil.Este libro de poemas recoge ampliamente su obra, compila cuatro poemarios organizados cronológicamente, lo que permite un acercamiento tanto detallado como panorámico a la producción de la autora. Se trata de una poesía enfocada en dos frentes: el primero, de corte intimista, abunda en las situaciones autobiográficas; el segundo, de corte político, se centra en la experiencia negra en los Estados Unidos. Lo más interesante es ver, en ambos casos, las zonas de encuentro, los versos donde ambos temas se confunden para crear la voz particular de la poeta.You may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may trod me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, I'll rise. (154)La apuesta estética de Angelou está, entonces, en esa condensación de significados, donde su vida particular se recubre con la historia colectiva de un pueblo. Desde allí, desde ella que es otros (y aquí la máxima de Rimbaud cobra un sentido distinto), habla de la enfermedad y la muerte, de la soledad de los exiliados, de la libertad como centro en la existencia (ya sea por su presencia o su ausencia), del erotismo sin complejos de un cuerpo dispuesto a afirmarse como fiesta. En su búsqueda de identidad, en su defensa, Angelou no deja de reconocerse profundamente americana; su poesía pertenece a la tradición afirmativa de Whitman: una celebración de la vida, la naturaleza, la ciudad y el cuerpo.A poet screams "CHRIST WAITS AR THE SUBWAY!"But who sees? (34)Como punto extra a lo ya dicho, me queda por mencionar todavía el sentido musical de estos poemas. El ritmo y la rima aproximan la lectura en voz alta a la canción, hay un son inconfundible en la lectura. Me alegra mucho haberla leído, con esa alegría particular que da encontrar buenos poetas. Les dejo dos últimos versos, bellos y eléctricos, a modo de anzuelo. Lean a Angelou:Dawn offersinnocence to a half-mad city. (203) **P.D: Los votos de los usuarios de Goodreads le dieron, este año, el galardón a mejor libro de poesía a uno de Rupi Kaur. Le voy a dar el chance, con Angelou todavía reciente en la memoria. Ya veremos si está a la altura de la marejada.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-17 06:08

    I don't really know how to write about poetry but I loved Maya Angelou's moving and powerful life's journey in this collection.

  • Asma Afreen
    2019-03-01 05:09

    This book came as an answer for my urge to indulge in some sophistication. And a literal treat at that. Having been a fan of Maya Angelou for quite some time, I had chanced on this book at Blossoms last year and bought it immediately. And it wasn't until I read it, that I appreciated what a good pick my impulsive buy was. The cover is unassuming and straightforward, maybe a glimpse of the lady herself. But the pages beneath are pure gold. I really found myself enjoying the poems more with every turn of the sheet, just like old friendships and classic hardcovers, they become better as you move forward. Some of her best works are at the very end. A chunk of her poems discuss the sting of racism and living in bondage in an Africa riddled with slavery. She depicts the pain and emotions effortlessly and you find yourself imagining how tough life must have been for a black woman in a racist, patriarchal society. These are interspersed with optimistic sonnets about the high of falling in love, nostalgia and the persistent feminist spirit. The common thread running through all her works is the celebration of the female. She writes from her heart, puts in her all and that is what makes her poetry phenomenal.My top three favourites were 'Life doesn't frighten me at all', 'Aint that bad?' and 'Still I Rise'. I particularly loved the rebellion that shone through 'Still I Rise'. Among the others, I really liked 'Prescience', 'The Lie', 'Weekend Glory', 'Just for a time', 'Phenomenal Woman', 'Alone', 'On Aging' and finally, 'Passing Time'.Today's tl;dr readers might render poetry obsolete with the onslaught of listicles and easily digested literature, but beautiful poems as these are a gentle reminder of the beauty of literature's purest form. In the words of Edward Young, "There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired."

  • JD Estrada
    2019-03-10 08:57

    On more than one occasion I found myself reaching the end of a poem by Maya Angelou and needing to reread it because their ending took me by surprise. Beautiful, poignant, deep, layered.Race is often present and so is femininity and the mysteries of living the life of a black woman with the power of words. It's definitely something that gets you thinking and offers a very different perspective of what life is and how it is lived. Many a time the words showed Angelou could touch the deepest of our souls and leave room for dessert. A wonderful collection for anyone curious to see the makings of a woman who would tackle race, sex, sensuality, life, vices, hate, bigotry, death, and love in plenty of shades.

  • Margaret
    2019-02-27 04:06

    There are a lot of very famous poems in this collection but having encountered them later on it wasn't as surprising as I was expecting.

  • Elke de Echte
    2019-02-25 07:14

    Beautiful and powerful. Unquestionably. Although at times I must admit to have been completely at a loss… lost in Maya Angelou's imagery of words, that is perhaps too much colored and indebted to a social atmosphere strange to my own? Not that I am not in full awe for her genius as a true wordsmith: honest and heartfelt, artful but still full of grace, distinguishing a soulful rhythm – often like the blues – that makes you want to read some Poems aloud. Which one definitely should.

  • Ari
    2019-03-18 08:50

    When reading poems by Maya Angelou it fills me with so much inspiration. Not only do I learn for her poems, but I also try and figure out a way to put what i learn to use in the real world. Her poem "On The Pulse of Morning" was terrific! It was given at the inaguration of President Clinton. It took me by surprise and gave me a different perspective on life and how everyone should be treated fairly and that once you take a different perspective in hand you'll live a better life. The overall book is great and filled with poems that will take you to another world.

  • Ali
    2019-03-16 04:12

    From Africa to boobies...From death to diamonds at the meeting of thighs...From love to rape.Maya Angelou surely lives her life.Although some of the poems are overly slang, the majority would keep on breaking your heart into a million pieces, and thereafter, find fellow poems, to fix and amend.In my second reading, I've decided to mark the poems I loved by flipping the edge of the papers. Now my collection of poems look like an intricate piece of origami.

  • Shawnee Bowlin
    2019-03-23 08:00

    I checked this book out from our local library with high expectations. I have heard about Maya Angelou for years now, so I thought I was missing something by not introducing my homeschool student to her poems.I've changed my train of thought on that one for sure. This book sucked. I honestly don't know how she became so famous, because I was thoroughly disappointed.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-28 06:59

    I don't know how to rate poetry, but I really, really enjoyed this. I'm not a big reader of stuff like this, but it was all so heartfelt and passionate that it was just a pleasure to read. I recommend it for people who don't particularly fancy flowery poetry, and want something with a bit of guts in it. Maya Angelou speaks with a boldness I wish I had.

  • Nikki Hobbs
    2019-03-03 04:52

    I have had this book (along with a few others of hers)for a long time, I got it when I was in 6th or 7th grade. It is worn and torn in place because it has seen alot of love! Although I have read it time and time again, it still has the same effect on gives me chills and makes me cry everytime! Maya is truly amazing with her words!

  • Cherise
    2019-03-25 05:51

    Beautiful collection of Maya Angelou's work I love this book! I read it whenever I need encouragement

  • Isabelle Smith
    2019-03-24 07:46


  • Jean Ramsay
    2019-03-22 07:06

    Transcendent. Nothing I say could live up to the genius of this wordsmith. The world is better because of her and worse with her now gone.

  • Mersini
    2019-03-15 01:57

    It's strange coming to a book written by someone you know has died. It happens all the time, sure, but there's a strange weight that bears down on you when you read someone like Angelou, who is so vibrantly alive in her poetry, only to realise that she is not, in fact, alive anymore. Angelou's poetry is collected in this book. I picked it up at a remainder bookstore in the city about three years ago, and figured it was about time I got around to reading it. I'd started it; there was still an old bus ticket stuck in between the pages, but this time I decided I had to read the book for real. It was everything I expected it to be. It was honest and heartfelt, sometimes sad, sometimes empowering. Angelou's voice is present and loud when she's talking about things like civil rights, and equally so when she writes of softer, more personal things like romance and love. It's almost a shame that Angelou is more renowned for her autobiographies than her poetry, since her poetry is so artful and as full of grace and Angelou herself seemed to be.

  • Whitney
    2019-03-24 06:14

    1.25 stars. So here is the thing, I don't really read poetry. But I thought Maya Angelou, famous for her words.. maybe I can get into that. No. No, I can't. Now I fully admit, that I didn't understand a LOT of what I was reading so you can't really take my star rating as gospel on what the content of this book is. I read a few that landed with me but for the large majority, I was left looking around thinking WTF did I just read. Then, I forgot it all about as soon as I got finished reading it. I found this book in a thrift store and wanted to give it a chance, step out of my comfort zone. I'll be heading back to my comfort zone now though.

  • Barbara Brien
    2019-03-25 07:01

    I love hearing Angelou read "Still I Rise" so I grabbed this volume at the thrift store when I saw it. I enjoyed several other poems also, but some of the works just didn't speak to me. The good thing about poetry is that you don't have to like all of it to enjoy it. A couple other notable poems that I enjoyed were "Wonder," "Phenomenal Woman," "One More Round," and "Family Affairs."My favorite line was from "Wonder" - "Will I be less dead because I wrote this poem or you more because you read it long years hence."

  • Nkandu Mukabe
    2019-03-22 05:11

    I love Maya Angelou's writing. I don't know what it is about her that just draws me in.I had trouble getting engaged with a lot of the poems in this book, but I've always had issues with that so... *shrug*The theme for most of the poems is pretty dark and bitter, which isn't really a surprise when you think of all the crap she went through, but its still very well written. A lot f my new favourite poems come from this book.

  • Merve
    2019-03-07 07:47

    I was dying to like this, so much in fact I may have biased myself and raised my expectations unnecessarily high. Unfortunately I could not connect with her style most of the time, although when I did it was beautiful. Therefore I'll keep looking for pieces of her art that will touch me; no one said we must love all an artist does or none :)

  • Madde
    2019-03-25 07:44

    Maya Angelou is definitely one of my favorites poets. Here poems have so much rhythm to them: they just flow beautifully when read out loud. Four stars instead of four just because some poems weren't my favorite.

  • Miguel Vega
    2019-03-24 07:57

    This collection offers some of Maya's best and most beautiful piece of work. This woman has been through a lot, from heartbreak to a victim of racism, and she owned each and every experience and tamed that into her art.

  • Mario Brooks
    2019-03-23 06:08

    Raw, heartbreaking, inspiring, and beautiful.

  • Nichole Walker
    2019-02-23 04:46

    My all time favorite.