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30 review for Maya Angelou: Poems Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie/Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well/And Still I Rise/Shaker, Why Don't You Sing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Megan Wight

    By Maya Angelou I met a Lady Poet who took for inspiration colored birds, and whispered words, a lover’s hesitation. A falling leaf could stir her. A wilting, dying rose would make her write, both day and night, the most rewarding prose. She’d find a hidden meaning in every pair of pants, then hurry home to be alone and write about romance.

  2. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Cowles

    3 1/4 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    These poems aged like fine wine. Everyone should read this at one point or another. An insight to what her and a numerous amount of others endured from the moment they were born until the day they took their last breath. On top of those powerfully aching insights, her voice for women throughout these poems are saddening yet encouraging.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Arizpe Strobel

    This collection has never reviewed/critiqued by me before but well-loved for many of my 27 years. What do you know about Maya Angelou? Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1928 during a period of racial segregation & injustice, the painful abuse, & heartbreak Maya Angelou experienced at too young an age are major themes in her works; however, equally featured are her celebrations of blackness, the joy of being a woman, & the triumph of defying the systems and ideologies of this world that existed to This collection has never reviewed/critiqued by me before but well-loved for many of my 27 years. What do you know about Maya Angelou? Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1928 during a period of racial segregation & injustice, the painful abuse, & heartbreak Maya Angelou experienced at too young an age are major themes in her works; however, equally featured are her celebrations of blackness, the joy of being a woman, & the triumph of defying the systems and ideologies of this world that existed to break her down. She also played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, & went on to publish several works and produce multimedia focusing on her experiences and innate wisdom. Angelou passed away in 2014, but not before leaving a lasting impact on the literary world and well-beyond for generations. Maya Angelou is also known for her wisdom & has been popularly quoted with some of the most humbling & useful life advice, such as, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”, “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”, “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”, & my personal favs: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”, & “when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time". I will let you know right now, Maya Angelou is the best to ever do it. I’ve had this book for a very long time, having acquired it at some point in grade school & held onto it ever since. Poetry has always been a very comforting and familiar medium for me, & I find myself gravitating back to this book often because of how it makes me feel. Simply put, this collection is good for your soul, and if you ever get a chance, I recommend accessing the audio version of her works as they are often read by Maya Angelou herself ❣️

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katia M. Davis

    This is essentially a collection of four poetry books in one. It's a grand collection of very powerful and poignant writing. I made lots of pencil notes in the margins. It really got me thinking. Highly recommend. This is essentially a collection of four poetry books in one. It's a grand collection of very powerful and poignant writing. I made lots of pencil notes in the margins. It really got me thinking. Highly recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jojo Bongard

    Read in lockdown. Great. I loved 'Riot : 60's ', but 'No Loser , No Weeper' was one that stuck in my head for while. The whole collection is very readable and there is a consistent high quality. You could make an argument for pretty much any one of these poems. Read in lockdown. Great. I loved 'Riot : 60's ', but 'No Loser , No Weeper' was one that stuck in my head for while. The whole collection is very readable and there is a consistent high quality. You could make an argument for pretty much any one of these poems.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    Such a beautiful collection

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joni

    Like most books of poetry, I didn't read this all at once. I picked it up and put it down as the mood struck me. This woman had such a way with words, she was a national treasure. Like most books of poetry, I didn't read this all at once. I picked it up and put it down as the mood struck me. This woman had such a way with words, she was a national treasure.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Pretty good. Maya Angelou isn't my favorite poet, but some of her poems are pretty good! Pretty good. Maya Angelou isn't my favorite poet, but some of her poems are pretty good!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thany

    4.5!

  11. 5 out of 5

    bookgirl13

    In March, the bookclub I was participating in couldn't find a decent book to read, so we ended up reading this book for the month. I'm not someone who really enjoys reading poetry, so I figured I wouldn't like it reading it very much. Most or maybe all of the poems were told in third person by nobody in particular. The poems were short and were about love, pain, happiness, and other emotions people felt. Most of them didn't interest me, but I read them anyway. There also isn't any actual plot in In March, the bookclub I was participating in couldn't find a decent book to read, so we ended up reading this book for the month. I'm not someone who really enjoys reading poetry, so I figured I wouldn't like it reading it very much. Most or maybe all of the poems were told in third person by nobody in particular. The poems were short and were about love, pain, happiness, and other emotions people felt. Most of them didn't interest me, but I read them anyway. There also isn't any actual plot in the book, so don't read it thinking theres an actual story being set. Overall, I felt this book wasn't very fun to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bronwynn

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura Burton

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julia Clark

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikita

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  22. 4 out of 5

    RJ

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shay

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adelaide

  25. 5 out of 5

    mari 🧸

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Swango

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  29. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Opferman

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