Author(s): Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou's poetry - lyrical and dramatic, exuberant and playful - speaks of love, longing, partings; of Saturday night partying, and the smells and sounds of Southern cities; of freedom and shattered dreams. 'The caged bird sings/ with a fearful trill/ of things unknown/ but longed for still/ and his tune is heard/ on the distant hill/ for the caged bird/ sings of freedom.' Of her poetry, KIRKUS REVIEWS has written, 'It is just as much a part of her biography as I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, GATHER TOGETHER in MY NAME, SINGIN' AND SWINGIN' AND GETTING MERRY LIKE CHRISTMAS, and HEART OF A WOMAN.
The re-issue of AND STILL I RISE, first published in 1986, from Maya Angelou - one of the most celebrated writers and poets of the world.
'Maya Angelou writes from the heart and her language rings clear and true ... Whether joyful, sad or playful, her poems speak with delicacy and depth of feeling' - Publishers Weekly 'It is true poetry she is writing ... it has an innate purity about it, unquenchable dignity' - M.F.K. Fisher
Born in 1928 in Missouri, Maya Angelou has been a waitress, singer, dancer, activist and actress. Her five volumes of autobiography and complete poetry collection are published by Virago.