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"The wisdom, rue and  humor of her storytelling are borne on a lilting  rhythm completely her own, the product of a born  writer's senses nourished on black church singing and  preaching, soft mother talk and salty street talk,  and on literature: James Weldon Johnson, Langston  Hughes, Richard Wright, Shakespeare and Gorki."  -- The New York Times Book  Review.

"Black, bitter and beautiful, she speaks of  our survival." -- James Baldwin.

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Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time.

"The wisdom, rue and humor of her storytelling are borne on a lilting rhythm completely her own, the product of a born writer's senses nourished on black church singing and preaching, soft mother talk and salty street talk, and on literature: James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Shakespeare and Gorki." -- The New York Times Book Review.

"Black, bitter and beautiful, she speaks of our survival." -- James Baldwin.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (February 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553255762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553255768
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I picked up a copy of this book for one of my graduate courses, I had no idea how much the poetry would impact me; so many of Maya Angelou's poems are inspiring, haunting, beautiful, and decadent. Being that she is African-American and I am white, I wondered what kind of connection there could be. After reading "Sounds Like Pearls" and "Poor Girl", I realized how wrong I was. We share a human connection, one that transcends the color of our skin.
"Poor Girl" hit so close to home because I have been through the wreckage of infidelity. I know what it is like to watch someone you love leave for the other side of the fence.
In the year since his leaving, I have also discovered that my heart is healing and I am happy again. When I read the eight lines of "Sounds Like Pearls", I cried at the realization that I am allowing myself to let go of my heart; that when I am around a certain someone, "Doubt and fear,/ Ungainly things,/ With bushings/ Disappear."
Another poem that touched my funny bone was "The Health-Food Dinner." I laughed out loud and promptly read it to my mother who is a health-food nut. Even she enjoyed the humor and promised she would never make us eat "uncooked kale."
I loved how these different poems could connect to different emotions that each of us feels, from sadness to healing to laughter.
This is a collection of poems that I will pick up and read again and again throughout my life. With each reading, I will connect, through human-ness and emotion, to the words Maya Angelou has written.
I highly recommend this volume of poetry to anyone with emotion and a desire to know them deeper.
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By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
Some poets, many poets, are hard to understand, and are downright boring. I have several poets that I love, and Maya is one of them. Black, white, whatever. They should have made us read her in High School. If we had, I would have gotten into poetry much sooner. This book should get 10 stars.
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By A Customer on July 30, 1999
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i am 15 and have not yet finished this wonderful book, but i'm loving every minute of it so far. Still I Rise is by far my favorite. I never realized a single poem could hold such inspiration and strength. A book that should be read by everyone of all ages and colors. Many thanks to Maya Angelou for such lovely poems.
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This fantastic book of verse and poetry is a must read. It's filled with golden nuggets. I keep a copy in my car for inspirational reading. One of the most moving poems is "Still I Rise." The words of this poem remind us that the spirit is capable of rising above all odds and obstacles. Allowing for normal reflection of our youth is "Harlem Hopscotch." One cannot help but reflect on the days of sidewalk games, acting cool, and getting to sing and to hop. The poem allows us to recall such fun days. Having intestinal fortitude is shown in "Just Like Job." It reminds us that even though life is a struggle, victory is there when we call upon God our creator. He hears our pleas and attends to our needs. This book is one of encouragement and motivation. As a result, it relaxes the soul. Also check "Trilogy Moments for the Mind, Body and Soul" with its new addition of Epulaeryu poems.
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my sister and I are missing maya angelou. her passing was sad despite her age. her books sold out in my town (her home of winston salem) within hours of her death. on line choices were on long back order. I purchased this as a gift for my sister and know she has enjoyed maya's talent with words.
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i ordered this book on 11/1/15 and i received it on 11/6/15. I bought this book for Fosters of Hope. To read it and than share it with other people. Who doesn't love poems. They are relaxing and a great way to express yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into poems and so forth.
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Go on Youtube and listen to Maya recite some of her poetry. Then read this book with her voice in your head. Some very powerful stuff, some fun, some really good poetry and some not so much, but the whole package reveals a great deal, and taken as a whole, is marvelous.
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Ms. Maya Angelou had the wisdom of the ancestors and this poetry book is no different it is poignant and fills you with tears of joy and reflects on the pains of life. Ms. Angelou holds a special place in my heart and she was a Very Special woman and human being!!!
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