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Author: ANGELOU, MAYA
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Angelou, Maya    Poet's Biography
47 poems available by this author


A PLAGUED JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no warning rattle at the door
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


AFRICA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Thus she had lain
Last Line: Although she has lain
Subject(s): African Americans - History; Black Heritage


AILEY, BALDWIN, FLOYD, KILLENS, AND MAYFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: When great trees fall
Last Line: Better. For they existed
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


AIN'T THAT BAD?    Poem Text    
First Line: Dancin' the funky chicken
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lying, thinking
Subject(s): Solitude


AWAKING IN NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Curtains forcing their will
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


BORN THAT WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: As far as possible, she strove
Last Line: In the wallpaper
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Child Abuse


BRAVE AND STARTLING TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: We, unaccustomed to courage
Subject(s): United Nations


CAGED BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: A free bird leaps
Last Line: Sings of freedom
Subject(s): Birdcages; Freedom; Liberty


CALIFORNIA PRODIGAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The eye follows, the land
Subject(s): Nature


COLERIDGE JACKSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Coleridge jackson had nothing to fear
Last Line: Away, lurking at something else
Subject(s): Racism; African Americans; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


EQUALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: You declare you see me dimly
Last Line: Equality, and I will be free
Subject(s): Racial Equality


HUMAN FAMILY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I note the obvious differences
Last Line: Than we are unalike
Subject(s): Brotherhood


IN ALL WAYS A WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In my young years I took pride in the fact that luck was called a lady
Subject(s): Women


INAUGURAL POEM: ON THE PULSE OF MORNING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A rock, a river, a tree
Last Line: "with hope --
Subject(s): Inaugural Poem


INSOMNIAC    Poem Text    
First Line: There are some nights when
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


KIN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): African Americans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Negroes; American Blacks; Heritage; Heredity


LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Shadows on the wall
Subject(s): Life


MAN BIGOT    Poem Text    
First Line: The man who is a bigot
Last Line: You simply smiling anymore
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


MILLION MAN MARCH POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The night has been long
Subject(s): Million Man March (Washington, Dc, 1995)


MY ARKANSAS       
First Line: There is deep brooding
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Arkansas


OLD FOLKS LAUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: They have spent their
Last Line: Forgive life for happening / to them
Subject(s): Old Age


ON AGING    Poem Text    
First Line: When you see me sitting quietly
Subject(s): Aging; Labor & Laborers; Women; Work; Workers


ON DIVERSE DEVIATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: When love is a shimmering curtain
Last Line: And no curtain drapes the door
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


OUR GRANDMOTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: She lay, skin down in the moist dirt
Subject(s): African Americans; Grandparents; Grandparents; Negroes; American Blacks; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


OUR GRANDMOTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: She lay, skin down on the moist dirt
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


PHENOMENAL WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
Last Line: That's me.
Subject(s): Women


PREACHER, DON'T SEND ME    Poem Text    


PRISONER    Poem Text    
First Line: Even sunlight dares


RECOVERY    Poem Text    
First Line: A last love
Subject(s): Love


REMEMBERING    Poem Text    
First Line: Soft grey ghosts crawl up my sleeve
Last Line: And they lay my soul in strips
Subject(s): Memory; Travel; Journeys; Trips


SEPIA FASHION SHOW    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Their hair, pomaded, faces jaded
Last Line: You got at miss ann's scrubbing
Subject(s): African Americans Women; Beauty


SON TO MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I start no
Last Line: "before I annihilate
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SONG FOR THE OLD ONES    Poem Text    
First Line: My fathers sit on benches
Last Line: They kept my race alive
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


SOUTHEAST ARKANASIA    Poem Text    
First Line: After eli whitney's gin brought to generations
Last Line: And the absence of despair / over yonder?
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


STILL I RISE    Poem Text    
First Line: You may write me down in history / with your bitter, twisted lies
Last Line: I rise.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


TELEVISED    Poem Text    
First Line: Televised news turns
Last Line: And one more morning?
Subject(s): Blacks; Children; Hunger; Childhood


THE BLACK FAMILY PLEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because we have forgotten our ancestors
Subject(s): African Americans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Negroes; American Blacks; Heritage; Heredity


THE MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Cotton rows crisscross the world
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE MOTHERING BLACKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: She came home running
Subject(s): Homecoming


THE TRAVELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Byways and bygone
Subject(s): Solitude


THESE YET TO BE UNITED STATES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tremors of your network
Last Line: Which fill your children's throats
Subject(s): United States; America


THEY WENT HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: They went home and told their wives
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Women; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


TO A HUSBAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Your voice at times a fist
Last Line: I sit at home and see it all / through you
Subject(s): Africa; African Americans; Love - Marital; Negroes; American Blacks; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


WHY ARE THEY HAPPY PEOPLE?    Poem Text    
First Line: Skin back your teeth, damn you
Last Line: With your kin
Subject(s): African Americans; Happiness; Negroes; American Blacks


WOMAN ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Your smile, delicate / rumor of peace
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


WOMAN WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: I've got the children to tend
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Women; Work; Workers