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I Identify Why the Caged Bird Sings


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I Identify Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin Review
In this first of five volumes of autobiography, poet Maya Angelou recounts a youth filled with disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and finally hard-won independence. Sent at a young age to live with her grandmother in Arkansas, Angelou learned a great deal from this exceptional woman and the tightly knit black community there. These very lessons carried her throughout the hardships she endured later in life, including a tragic occurrence while visiting her mother in St. Louis and her formative years spent in California--where an unwanted pregnancy changed her life forever. Marvelously told, with Angelou's "gift for language and observation," this "remarkable autobiography by an equally remarkable black woman from Arkansas captures, indelibly, a world of which most Americans are shamefully ignorant."
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The Crown Poetry by Random House
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Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer’s remarkable life.
Every poetic phrase, every poignant verse can be found within the pages of this sure-to-be-treasured volume—from her reflections on African American life and hardship in the compilation Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ’fore I Diiie (“Though there’s one thing that I cry for / I believe enough to die for / That is every man’s responsibility to man”) to her revolutionary celebrations of womanhood in the poem “Still I Rise”(“Out of the huts of history’s shame / I rise / Up from a past that’s rooted in pain / I rise”) to her “On the Pulse of Morning”tribute at President William Jefferson Clinton’s inauguration (“Lift up your eyes upon / The day breaking for you. / Give birth again / To the dream.”).
Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry also features her final long-form poems, including “A Brave and Startling Truth,” “Amazing Peace,” “His Day Is Done,” and the honest and endearing Mother:
“I feared if I let you go
You would leave me eternally.
You smiled at my fears, saying
I could not stay in your lap forever”

This collection also includes the never-before-published poem “Amazement Awaits,” commissioned for the 2008 Olympic Games:
“We are here at the portal of the world we had wished for
At the lintel of the world we most need.
We are here roaring and singing.
We prove that we can not only make peace, we can bring it with us.”
Timeless and prescient, this definitive compendium will warm the hearts of Maya Angelou’s most ardent admirers as it introduces new readers to the legendary poet, activist, and teacher—a phenomenal woman for the ages.

Defining Success.

Defining success. A friend of mine showed a video from Dorie Clark , a successful strategic marketing specialist, and one of the things she said caught my ear. What is your definition of success. You would think that would be the easiest question to answer, but it really isn’t easy. So I asked myself while I was at work, what is my definition of success. My first answer was: Have my books on the shelves of every bookstore in the known universe. But my book will be in the bookstores in February. My wonderful publisher Little Roni publishers will have my book ready to rock and roll and on the bookshelves in February of 2016. ) So is that really success for me. It doesn’t feel like it. In fact, I’ve learned that marketing the book with a... So is that success to me. No. It’s not. So I asked myself questions on success and wrote them on a small yellow sticky note. Questions to ask yourself regarding success:. Each person’s definition of success is different. What works for me might not work for you and vise versa, so it’s ok if you try someone’s formula and it falls like a deck of cards. You can use their ideas, but make them your own. Do I want to be like Dorie and speak at places all over the world. Can my idea of success morph into something else. Once you’ve reached one goal, you’ll make another and another and another until you die. Then you have to stop with goals because, well, you’re dead and that makes it a problem. Am I at success now and I don’t know it. I suffer from bouts of depression, so what might really be successful in my life looks like a garbage dump. So I need to define it so I’ll know it when I see it. My definition of success shouldn’t be my identity. My relationship with Jesus Christ defines me/is my identity. So many folks want their definition of success to define them. Well, what happens with a change of life and now success is defined as something else. I’ve come across writer after writer who believes that a book published will meet that need for recognition and maybe even some payback to the haters who said the writer wouldn’t make it. But I can say from experience, the published book meets NO... It’s become a second job for me. I used to tell non-writers,. Hey, a publisher picked up my novel. Source: A Writer's Love

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  • The Dress I Made for Maya Angelou

    11/30/15 ,via New York Times

    Lydia Stuckey was designing costumes for Broadway shows when she accepted a gig to occasionally ready Maya Angelou's Upper West Side apartment with fresh flowers — a simple task that evolved into a 20-year-long position as personal assistant to the 

  • House To Vote On Naming W-S Post Office After Maya Angelou

    12/09/15 ,via WFMY News 2

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- North Carolina's 12th District Congresswoman Alma Adams is moving legislation to name a Winston-Salem post office after the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Adams' office says the Congresswoman introduced the name change back in 


Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life. - Maya Angelou #quote 12/12/15, @DBcooper999
RT @GaryLoper: In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine ~ Maya Angelou #… 12/12/15, @vpetalent
RT @Fridge_DoorSeal: Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. - Maya Angelou #quote 12/12/15, @FoodCork


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  • Maya Angelou

    Lerner Publications. 2006. ISBN: 0822534266,9780822534266. 112 pages.

    Read about the life of the famous African-American author.

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  • Ronn Turner: ‘I have done just about every form of art you can imagine’

    12/11/15 ,via Rolling Out

    Who do you see as examples to emulate? Several people come in mind in the arts, Charles Bibbs, Paul Goodnight, Dr. Eugene Grisby, Maya Angelou all artists, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Emulation is a form of flattery, not appreciation, I don’t think ...

  • House To Vote On Naming W-S Post Office After Maya Angelou

    12/10/15 ,via WFMY News 2

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- North Carolina's 12th District Congresswoman Alma Adams is moving legislation to name a Winston-Salem post office after the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Adams' office says the Congresswoman introduced the name change back in October.

  • The First Comprehensive Feature Documentary to Tell Maya Angelou's Story Is Heading to Sundance

    12/08/15 ,via Indie Wire Film Blog

    From co-directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack comes the feature-length documentary, "Maya Angelou And Still I Rise," which, as the synopsis states, will tell "the remarkable story of Maya Angelou - iconic writer, poet, actress and activist whose ...


Maya Angelou - Official Site

Oprah Remembers Maya ... Maya Angelou’s words, spoken, on the printed page or reflected here, continue to promote self-examination, equality and friendship.

Maya Angelou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Angelou reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning", at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, January 1993

Biography | Caged Bird Legacy - Maya Angelou

Biography; Books; Family. Remembering Maya Angelou; Charities. Legacy of Hope; Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity; Novant Health; ... Maya Angelou has won three ...

Maya Angelou - Author, Civil Rights Activist, Poet ...

Take a peek at the early trauma and many accomplishments of Maya Angelou, Pulitzer Prize nominated poet and author of I know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Maya Angelou in Memoriam (1928-2014) 29 May 2014 | By Wangechi Maina

Maya Angelou in Memoriam (1928-2014) 29 May 2014 | By Wangechi Maina

Maya Angelou Memorial to be Held Saturday at Wake Forest

Maya Angelou Memorial to be Held Saturday at Wake Forest

Maya Angelou biography | A poem for every day

Maya Angelou biography | A poem for every day

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