The incomparable Maya Angelou has given us many riches in both her poetry and her autobiographical writing. In this collection of verse she winds skeins of desire and longing; throws punches - some tough, some tender; flaunts and beguiles; and pokes fun: 'London is a very queer place. Mighty queer. A million miles from jungle, and the British lion ...
The incomparable Maya Angelou has given us many riches in both her poetry and her autobiographical writing. In this collection of verse she winds skeins of desire and longing; throws punches - some tough, some tender; flaunts and beguiles; and pokes fun: 'London is a very queer place. Mighty queer. A million miles from jungle, and the British lion roars in the stone of Trafalgar Square.' At her exuberant best, and yet with a new bittersweet mellowness, she sings the pleasures and pains of ageing. History and heartbreak and love - these are Maya Angelou's themes so richly explored in cadences and rhythms of infinite inventiveness. 'Maya Angelou has unquenchable dignity' MFK Fisher
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Publishers Weekly, 1990-03-16 Angelou's poems embrace opposite poles: the laughter of old folks who ``generously forgive life for happening to them,'' and the ``helpless hope'' on the faces of starving children. Though she can be directly political, as in a stinging letter to ``These Yet to Be United States,'' more often, a political dimension emerges naturally from ordinary lives observed with keen irony (``Even minimal people can't survive on minimal wage''). Angelou's themes include loss of love and youth, human oneness in diversity, the strength of blacks in the face of racism and adversity. The book's title is also the refrain of ``Our Grandmothers,'' a moving history poem about the struggles of black women. Some of these lyrics are free-form, while others use conventional rhyme and meter to good effect. Angelou ( I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ) writes with poise and grace. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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