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Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? Hardcover – February 12, 1983


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (February 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394521447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394521442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lyrical and cadent, dramatic and sometimes playful, these poems speak of love, longing, parting; of freedom and shattered dreams; of Saturday-night partying and the smells and sounds of Southern cities.

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Maya Angelou has been waitress, singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer and mother. As well as her autobiography she has written several volumes of poetry, including 'On the Pulse of the Morning' for the inauguration of President Clinton. She now has a life-time appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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Format: Hardcover
This collection of poetry is occasionally light in heart, dark in spirit, other times bitter and at all times the prose describes life. An example of the bitter and dark in spirit is "A Good Woman Feeling Bad"

"The blues may be the life you've led
Or midnight hours in
An empty bed. But persecuting
Blues I've known
Could stalk
Like tigers, break like bone,

Pend like rope in
A gallows tree,
Make me curse
My pedigree,

Bitterness thick on
A rankling tongue,
A psalm to love that's
Left unsung,

Rivers heading north
But ending South,
Funeral music
In a going-home mouth

All riddles are blues,
And all blues are sad,
And I'm only mentioning
Some blues I've had."

This poem is typical of what appears in the book as it easily conjures of imagery of the situation and if you know the history of the black experience in America, then the imagery and references are even stronger.
I enjoyed this book, reading some of the poems twice and getting deeper messages as I read them the second time.
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Format: Hardcover
This collection of poetry is occasionally light in heart, dark in spirit, other times bitter and at all times the prose describes life. An example of the bitter and dark in spirit is "A Good Woman Feeling Bad"

"The blues may be the life you've led
Or midnight hours in
An empty bed. But persecuting
Blues I've known
Could stalk
Like tigers, break like bone,

Pend like rope in
A gallows tree,
Make me curse
My pedigree,

Bitterness thick on
A rankling tongue,
A psalm to love that's
Left unsung,

Rivers heading north
But ending South,
Funeral music
In a going-home mouth

All riddles are blues,
And all blues are sad,
And I'm only mentioning
Some blues I've had."

This poem is typical of what appears in the book as it easily conjures of imagery of the situation and if you know the history of the black experience in America, then the imagery and references are even stronger.
I enjoyed this book, reading some of the poems twice and getting deeper messages as I read them the second time.
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Format: Hardcover
This collection of poetry is occasionally light in heart, dark in spirit, other times bitter and at all times the prose describes life. An example of the bitter and dark in spirit is "A Good Woman Feeling Bad"

"The blues may be the life you've led
Or midnight hours in
An empty bed. But persecuting
Blues I've known
Could stalk
Like tigers, break like bone,

Pend like rope in
A gallows tree,
Make me curse
My pedigree,

Bitterness thick on
A rankling tongue,
A psalm to love that's
Left unsung,

Rivers heading north
But ending South,
Funeral music
In a going-home mouth

All riddles are blues,
And all blues are sad,
And I'm only mentioning
Some blues I've had."

This poem is typical of what appears in the book as it easily conjures of imagery of the situation and if you know the history of the black experience in America, then the imagery and references are even stronger.
I enjoyed this book, reading some of the poems twice and getting deeper messages as I read them the second time.
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Format: Hardcover
I liked! Found Shaker (1983) (at the goodwell). Haven't read poetry in years. I have summaried some of the poems based on what they mean to me. My meanings may not be correct or could be entirely different from what you may think they mean. Memorable poems for me are *****ed.

A good Woman feeling Bad - Despair. In a blue funk.

***** The Health-Food Diner - Funny. A song to all those carnivores out there.

A Georgia Song - Bittersweet. Remembering the South, good, the not so good, past wrongs, and new dreams.

Unmeasured Tempo - Sad. Too little to late. Acting to late or not big enough.

***** Amoebaean for Daddy - Deeply sad. Disrespect shown to a husand/father by the females in his life.

Recovery - Uplifting. Don't let failure stop you from stepping into the light.

Impeccable Conception - Weird/no sure what is meant. Inspiration from non-inspiring events. Hiding from life? Creating art?

***** Caged Bird - Hope, dream, persist. When you're not free, all you can do is sing of freedom.

Avec Merci, Mother - Strange. Any mother's feeling toward her child and the child's father? Mary sees Jesus crying sees God.

Arrival - Strange/weird expectation. Electric homecoming just beyond the door.

A Plagued Journey - Discourged. Night into Day into Night. Cycling: Hope Despair Hope Despair. . .

Starvation - Desperation. Implore good to come in because kids are hungry and rent is due.

Contemporary Announcement - There will be good times and bad.

Martial Choreograph - Youth, preocupied, and unfamiliar with failure - show me too how to be like you.

To A Suitor - Advice: Persist and you'll be rewarded.
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