Poems by Maya Angelou
It was my friend Maureen who introduced me to Maya Angelou’s poetry when she gave me a copy of her book, Poems, some years ago. I am surprised to see that I have not yet reviewed the book, because it is one of my constant companions.
Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist who was born in St. Louis Missouri, USA on 4 April 1928. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years until her death in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA on 28 May 2014.
The wisdom, humour and emotion of Maya Angelou’s work bear a lilting rhythm completely her own. Her poetry is born of her back ground in black church singing and preaching. There is also the music of soft mother talk, salty street talk and also her love of literature and life.
If you have a chance, do pick up a copy of Poems by Maya Angelou. Every line is lyrical magic. I heartily recommend it.
Amongst my favourite poems in this collection are:
Awaking in New York
Curtains forcing their will