The Maya Angelou Poetry Collection

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Overview

Listen to Maya Angelou read more than 100 of her best loved poems - for the first time in one collection.

"As good as Angelou's books are, you just have to hear her." - Philadelphia Inquirer


Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie
(30 minutes, 27 poems)
James Baldwin called Maya Angelou's first collection of poems "Black, bitter, and beautiful. [Maya Angelou] speaks of our survival. Sister Maya has been there and back, she knows something about herself and she knows something about us . . ."

Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well
(35 minutes, 36 poems)
The poems in this second volume of Maya Angelou's poetry are eloquent evidence of the poet's continuing celebration of life. Here are poems of love and memory, poems of racial confrontation, poems of misplaced patriotism, songs of the street and songs of the heart.

I Shall Not Be Moved
(40 minutes, 32 poems)
A wonderful collection of poems including the classic "Our Grandmothers", one of Maya Angelou's best known and best loved poems. I Shall Not Be Moved captures the pain and triumph of being black and tells of history and heartbreak and love.

On the Pulse of Morning
(10 minutes, 1 poem)
This Inaugural Poem brought our nation to its feet on January 20, 1993, and sent Maya Angelou to the podium to accept the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word recording. "The Audio version is the best way to experience On the Pulse of Morning." raved the Los Angeles Times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375420177
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 CDs, 130 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table; five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?; and the celebrated poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.


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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Believe

    Do you believe in love Do you believe in trust Do you believe in shining Do you believe in lust Can you think of how you know What it may be Is not what it shows Do you believe in yourself Peace,health,love and wealth You should know what you are thinking Let yourself know what it means It is what it is but not what it seems It is your mind that gets you retrieved but it only happens if you Believe!!!

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    Posted March 31, 2000

    The Power of Spoken Words

    Spoken words are powerful and leave a lasting impression. It is dynamic material wait to explode inside your mind.

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