The classic collection of poetry from the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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 longer 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 autobiography as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and the volumes that follow.'
'It is true poetry she is writing . . . it has an innate purity about it, unquenchable dignity' M. F. K. Fisher
'The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace' President Bill Clinton