The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou [NOOK Book]

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For the first time, the complete collection of Maya Angelou's published poems-including "On the Pulse of Morning"-in a permanent collectible, handsome hardcover edition.


From the Hardcover edition.

Sales of Maya Angelou's Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings surged dramatically after her soul-stirring reading at President ...

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Overview

For the first time, the complete collection of Maya Angelou's published poems-including "On the Pulse of Morning"-in a permanent collectible, handsome hardcover edition.


From the Hardcover edition.

Sales of Maya Angelou's Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings surged dramatically after her soul-stirring reading at President Clinton's inauguration. Now, for the first time, the complete collection of her published poems is offered--in a handsome hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
From her earliest collection of poetry (Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, LJ 10/15/71) to her latest (On the Pulse of Morning, delivered at the inauguration of President Clinton on January 20, 1993), Angelou's work never fails to grip the imagination. In this anthology, she comments on love, traveling, and aging.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307555281
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 134,811
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
An author whose series of autobiographies is as admired for its lyricism as its politics, Maya Angelou is a writer who’s done it all. Angelou's poetry and prose -- and her refusal to shy away from writing about the difficult times in her past -- have made her an inspiration to her readers.

Biography

As a chronicler of her own story and the larger civil rights movement in which she took part, Maya Angelou is remarkable in equal measure for her lyrical gifts as well as her distinct sense of justice, both politically and personally.

Angelou was among the first, if not the first, to create a literary franchise based on autobiographical writings. In the series' six titles -- beginning with the classic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and followed by Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, Heart of a Woman, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, and 2002's A Song Flung Up to Heaven -- Angelou tells her story in language both no-nonsense and intensely spiritual.

Angelou's facility with language, both on paper and as a suede-voiced speaker, have made her a populist poet. Her 1995 poem "Phenomenal Woman" is still passed along the Web among women as inspiration ("It's in the reach of my arms/The span of my hips/The stride of my steps/The curl of my lips./I'm a woman/Phenomenally/Phenomenal woman/That's me"), and her 1993 poem "On the Pulse of the Morning," written for Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration, was later released as a Grammy-winning album.

Angelou often cites other writers (from Kenzaburo Oe to James Baldwin) both in text and name. But as often as not, her major mentors were not writers – she had been set to work with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. before each was assassinated, stories she recounts in A Song Flung Up to Heaven.

Given her rollercoaster existence -- from poverty in Arkansas to journalism in Egypt and Ghana and ultimately, to her destiny as a successful writer and professor in the States – it's no surprise that Angelou hasn't limited herself to one or two genres. Angelou has also written for stage and screen, acted, and directed. She is the rare author from whom inspiration can be derived both from her approach to life as from her talent in writing about it. Reading her books is like taking counsel from your wisest, favorite aunt.

Good To Know

Angelou was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Nyo Boto in the 1977 miniseries Roots. She has also appeared in films such as How to Make an American Quilt and Poetic Justice, and she directed 1998's Down in the Delta.

Angelou speaks six languages, including West African Fanti.

She taught modern dance at the Rome Opera House and the Hambina Theatre in Tel Aviv.

Before she became famous as a writer, Maya Angelou was a singer. Miss Calypso is a CD of her singing calypso songs.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Margeurite Johnson
      Maya Angelou
    2. Hometown:
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 4, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Collected Poems by Maya Angelou

    I gave this book as a Christmas gift book to my mom. She loves this authors writings and her Poems. Maya Angelou has a spirtial and southern type<BR/>of writing that gives the readers the feeling of being some place else in<BR/>time. These poems have a way of making you stop and reread what you read<BR/>and understand the individuality of each of our hearts and souls. It is <BR/>a great poem book written by a great author. My mom loved the Christmas gift and I would recommend it to any who loves poetry.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    An absolutely beautiful book

    Maya is truly one of the greatest poets of our time. Her work is brilliant. She has such a beautiful insight within her and a passion that literally shines through in all of her books. This book is fantastic. Thank you Maya, for sharing your amazing words.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    GREAT!

    i BELIEVE THAT Maya Angelou is a great poet. My favorite poem is 'still I rise' and I think shes amazing!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    Real...Raw...Uncut

    Real...Raw...Uncut Maya Angelou is a very profound and perceptive writer, Through her poetry, For me she has done something that almost nobody has... She spoke the truth, She was real, raw, and uncut she tells she tells it like it is. She speaks about a lot of historical and cultural realities, things that African Americans should always be conscious of such as, slavery, segregation, torture, and discrimination. She also talks about striving from our past, encouraging us to go even farther, working harder, and becoming more. What impressed me the most is the fact that she is painfully and plainly honest. She is blunt with a pinch of brashness and I love it. This book inspired me to be the best ⿿Me⿝ that I can, by educating myself and bettering myself in honor of my ancestors, and to prove everybody wrong who judge African Americans inferior.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Maya Is The Person Inside Of Me

    I just have to say this book is overwhelming I love it. The poems are so great Maya writes with such passion and feeling. She can make you relate to everything she says and I just wanna thank her for that!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    Beautifullly Written

    I was hooked the first time I ever read Phenomenal Woman and have been very interested in her work ever since. I enjoy the poems most, and hope she continues to write.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    wonderful collection

    Absolutely wonderful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Anonymous May 11,2013

    Maya Angelou is my most favorite poem writer and I loooooooooooooooooooove her inspirational advice.She has inspired me to do things I could never do and I hope she inspires you,too.Maya Angelou,YOU ARE A PHENOMANAL WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. I am your BIGEST fan!

    Love,
    I can't tell you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    I LOVE HER POETRY AND THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME REDEFINE'S BEAUTIFUL

    I am a fan of Maya Angelou and wish her good health and luck. I read this book countless times and i am still finding new things when i read it again i love it .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    How was it?

    It was aight if you wanna know that badly.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Soul Filling!!!

    When my mom bought this book for me I couldn't put it down. I read some poems twice because they gave me inspiration to write. Her poems touched my life in an uplifting way. She is a very excellent writer. Go out and buy the book trust me it's worth it to have in your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    Amazing

    I have always been moved by her poetry, for it seems to flow with a life of its own. All of the poems here are nothing short of breathtaking and are highly recomended to anyone reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    Th woman is a GOD!

    I have never in my life read such wonders. I am amazed beyond belief. If I ever had the opportunty to meet the author of such a outstanding collection of treasures it would be priceless.

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