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Keyword: Maya Angelou
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A PLAGUED JOURNEY, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There is no warning rattle at the door
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


ACCIDENT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight %when you spread your pallet
Last Line: And the naked %black-white truth


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


AFRICA, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus she had lain
Last Line: Although she had lain
Subject(s): African Americans - History


AFTER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: No sound falls
Last Line: Of our absent selves


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


AILEY, BALDWIN, FLOYD, KILLENS, AND MAYFIELD, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: When great trees fall
Last Line: We can be. Be and be %better. For they existed
Subject(s): African Americans


AIN'T THAT BAD, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dancin' the funky chicken
Last Line: An' ain't we fine


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


ALONE, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lying, thinking
Subject(s): Solitude


ALONE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lying, thinking %last night
Last Line: Can make it out here alone


AMERICA, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The gold of her promise
Last Line: Discover this country


AMOEBAEAN FOR DADDY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a pretty baby
Last Line: Just to look at me


ARRIVAL, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Angels gather. %the rush of mad air
Last Line: You %beyond the door


ARTFUL POSE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of falling leaves and melting
Last Line: And hateful wrath %quickly


AVEC MERCI, MOTHER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: From her perch of beauty
Last Line: When he cries


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


AWAKING IN NEW YORK, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Curtains forcing their will
Last Line: Unasked and unheeded


BLACK ODE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your beauty is a thunder
Last Line: Oh, to lick your love like tears


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


BORN THAT WAY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: As far as possible, she strove
Last Line: Fingers counting the roses %in the wallpaper
Subject(s): Child Molesting


BRAVE AND STARTLING TRUTH, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We, unaccustomed to courage
Subject(s): United Nations


BRIEF INNOCENCE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dawn offers %innocence to a half-mad city
Last Line: Of childish pranks with %angels


BUMP D'BUMP, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Play me a game like blind man's dance
Last Line: Bump d'bump bump d'bump


CAGED BIRD, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A free bird leaps
Last Line: Sings of freedom
Subject(s): Birdcages; Freedom; Liberty


CAGED BIRD, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: A free bird leaps
Last Line: For the caged bird %sings of freedom
Subject(s): Birdcages; Freedom


CALIFORNIA PRODIGAL, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The eye follows, the land
Subject(s): Nature


CALIFORNIA PRODIGAL, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The eye follows, the land
Last Line: Sunlight casts defiance %at their feet


CALL LETTERS: MRS. V.B., by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ships? %sure I'll sail them
Last Line: I never learned to spell it. %not failure


CALLING OF NAMES, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: He went to being called a colored man
Last Line: Nigguh, I ain't playin' this time


CHANGES, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fickle comfort steals away
Last Line: Tomorrow it returns to me


CHANGING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: It occurs to me now
Last Line: But I never catch %you simply smiling, anymore


CHICKEN-LICKEN, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was afraid of men
Last Line: Dead of acute peoplelessness


CHILD DEAD IN OLD SEAS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Father, %I wait for you in oceans
Last Line: The rippled %surface of our %grave


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


COLERIDGE JACKSON, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Coleridge jackson had nothing to fear
Last Line: Away, lurking at something else
Subject(s): Racism


COME, AND BE MY BABY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The highway is full of big cars
Last Line: Come. And be my baby


COMMUNICATION 1, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: She wished of him a lover's kiss and
Last Line: He said he loved another


COMMUNICATION II, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The student %the dust of ancient pages
Last Line: Of all her %dry dreams


CONCEIT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Give me your hand
Last Line: Give me your hand


CONTEMPORARY ANNOUNCEMENT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ring the big bells
Last Line: And rent day's here again


COUNTRY LOVER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Funky blues %keen toed shoes
Last Line: Red soda water %and anybody's daughter


COUPLE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Discard the fear and what
Last Line: Exiled from this earth


DETACHED, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: We die, %welcoming bluebeards to our darkening closets
Last Line: Love is eternal


ELEGY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I lie down in my grave
Last Line: And watch my children %grow


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


EQUALITY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: You declare you see me dimly
Last Line: Equality, and I will be free
Subject(s): Racial Equality


FACES, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Faces and more remember
Last Line: A poet screams christ waits at the subway! %but who sees


FAMILY AFFAIRS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: You let down, from arched
Last Line: Beach in africa


FIGHTIN' WAS NATURAL, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Livin' was hell


FOR US, WHO DARE NOT DARE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Be me a pharaoh
Last Line: Know me %africa


FORGIVE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Take me, virginia
Last Line: As rolled eyes, sad as summer %parasols in a hurricane


GAMUT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Soft you day, be velvet soft
Last Line: My true love is leaving


GEORGIA SONG, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: We swallow the odors of southern cities
Last Line: Of southern peace


GLORY FALLS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Glory falls around us
Last Line: We grow


GOOD WOMAN FEELING BAD, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The blues may be the life you've led
Last Line: Some blues I've had


GREYDAY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The day hangs heavy
Last Line: My lonely heart %when we're apart


HARLEM HOPSCOTCH, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: One foot down, then hop! It's hot
Last Line: They think I lost. I think I won


HEALTH-FOOD DINER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: No sprouted wheat and soya shoots
Last Line: For smoking carnivores


HERE'S TO ADHERING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I went to a party
Last Line: For %me %once


HOW CAN I LIE TO YOU, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now thread my voice
Last Line: Of sad and wise %decisions


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


HUMAN FAMILY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I note the obvious differences
Last Line: We are more alike, my friends, %than we are unalike
Subject(s): Brotherhood


I ALMOST REMEMBER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I almost remember %smiling some
Last Line: I seem to remember %smiling


IMPECCABLE CONCEPTION, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I met a lady poet
Last Line: And write about romance


IN A TIME, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: In a time of secret wooing
Last Line: Then pain stalks in to plunder


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


IN MY MISSOURI, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
Last Line: For you man %the man


IN RETROSPECT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Last year changed its seasons
Last Line: Alone. I remember now


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


INAUGURAL POEM: ON THE PULSE OF MORNING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: A rock, a river, a tree
Last Line: And say simply %very simply %with hope %good morning
Subject(s): Inaugural Poem


INSIGNIFICANT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: A series of small, on %their own insignificant
Last Line: Small insignificancies


INSOMNIAC, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are some nights when
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


INSOMNIAC, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are some nights when
Last Line: And much more painful


IS LOVE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Midwives and winding sheets
Last Line: Is it love?


JOHN J., by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: His soul curdled
Last Line: Everybody in the %pool %(she didn't want him)


JUNKIE MONKEY REEL, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Shoulders sag, %the pull of weighted needling
Last Line: How long will %this monkey dance


JUST FOR A TIME, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh how you used to walk
Last Line: Just for a time


JUST LIKE JOB, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: My lord, my lord
Last Line: I'm stepping out on your word


KIN, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Subject(s): African Americans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Negroes; American Blacks; Heritage; Heredity


KIN, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were entwined in red rings
Last Line: An arkansas twilight


KIND OF LOVE, SOME SAY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Is it true the ribs can tell
Last Line: Unequalled on the rack


KNOWN TO EVE AND ME, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: His tan and golden self
Last Line: The slithering sound of my own skin %moving in the dark


LADY LUNCHEON CLUB, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Her counsel was accepted: the times are grave
Last Line: Speaker must be brief)


LAST DECISION, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The print is too small, distressing me
Last Line: Today I'll give up living


LATE OCTOBER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Carefully %the leaves of autumn
Last Line: In order simply %to begin %again


LESSON, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I keep on dying again
Last Line: Because I love to live


LET'S MAJESTE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I sit a throne upon the times
Last Line: Only just a prince


LETTER TO AN ASPIRING JUNKIE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Let me hip you to the streets
Last Line: That's the streets, man %nothing happening


LIE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Today, you threaten to leave me
Last Line: Do drop a line or telephone


LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Shadows on the wall
Subject(s): Life


LITTLE GIRL SPEAKINGS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ain't nobody better'n my daddy
Last Line: No lady cookinger than my mommy


LONDON, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: If I remember correctly, %london is a very queer place
Last Line: Mighty queer
Subject(s): London


LORD, IN MY HEART, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Holy haloes %ring me round
Last Line: If I'm struck then %I'll strike back


LOSS OF LOVE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The loss of love and youth
Last Line: The truly young to own %the stage?


LOVE LETTER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listening winds %overhear my privacies
Last Line: Oh, but then I had power. %power


MAN BIGOT, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The man who is a bigot
Last Line: You simply smiling anymore
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


MAN BIGOT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The man who is a bigot
Last Line: Who really is ms. Begot
Subject(s): Racism


MANY AND MORE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are many and more
Last Line: And that one is my love


MARTIAL CHOREOGRAPH, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hello young sailor
Last Line: Like the arms of dancers %and dying swans


ME AND MY WORK, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I got a piece of a job on the waterfront
Last Line: That's someone else's word for caring


MEMORY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Cotton rows crisscross the world
Last Line: And all my days are dying
Subject(s): Farm Life


MEN, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was young, I used to
Last Line: Stand and watch %maybe


MILLION MAN MARCH POEM, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The night has been long
Subject(s): Million Man March (washington, Dc, 1995)


MISS SCARLET, MR. RHETT AND OTHER LATTER-DAY SAINTS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Novitiates sing ave
Last Line: Blessed rhett, the martyr


MOMMA WELFARE ROLL, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Her arms semaphore fat triangles
Last Line: They don't give me welfare %I take it


MOTHERING BLACKNESS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: She came home running
Last Line: She came home blameless


MOURNING GRACE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: If today, I follow death
Last Line: Grace %to mourn for %me


MY ARKANSAS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is deep brooding
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Arkansas


MY GUILT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: My guilt is 'slavery's chains,' too long
Last Line: My sin lies in not screaming loud


MY LIFE HAS TURNED TO BLUE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Our summer's gone
Last Line: My life has turned to blue


NEW HOUSE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: What words %have smashed against
Last Line: Left of me


NO LOSER, NO WEEPER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I hate to lose something'
Last Line: And I mean I really hate to lose something'


NO NO NO NO, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: No %the two legg'd beasts
Last Line: And I have no pity


NOTHING MUCH, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: But of course you were
Last Line: My life, so I say %nothing much


NOW LONG AGO, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: One innocent spring
Last Line: And comes to sleep upon your %pillow


NOW SHEBA SINGS THE SING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


OLD FOLKS LAUGH, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They have spent their
Last Line: Forgive life for happening / to them
Subject(s): Old Age


OLD FOLKS LAUGH, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: They have spent their
Last Line: Forgive life for happening %to them
Subject(s): Old Age


ON A BRIGHT DAY, NEXT WEEK, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Falling from the sky


ON AGING, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When you see me sitting quietly
Subject(s): Aging; Labor & Laborers; Women; Work; Workers


ON AGING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: When you see me sitting quietly
Last Line: A lot less lungs and much less wind. %but ain't I lucky I can still breathe in
Subject(s): Aging; Labor And Laborers; Women


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


ON DIVERSE DEVIATIONS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: When love is a shimmering curtain
Last Line: Where love is the scream of anquish %and no curtain drapes the door
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


ON REACHING FORTY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Other acquainted years
Last Line: To die at %thirty-nine


ON WORKING WHITE LIBERALS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't ask the foreign legion
Last Line: When I see a white man load a black man's gun


ONE MORE ROUND, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: There ain't no pay beneath the sun
Last Line: And let's heave it down


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


OUR GRANDMOTHERS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: She lay, skin down on the moist dirt
Last Line: Lay aside your fears that I will be undone, %for I shall not be moved
Subject(s): Grandparents


PASSING TIME, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your skin like dawn
Last Line: The other, the end of a %sure beginning


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


PICKIN EM UP AND LAYIN EM DOWN, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a long-legged girl
Last Line: Gettin to the next town %baby


PLAGUED JOURNEY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is no warning rattle at the door
Last Line: Greedy arms


PLEA TO AN INAUGURAL POETESS, by TOM RILEY               
First Line: The world ignores me. What am I to do?
Last Line: Fly to my rscue, maya angelou!


POOR GIRL, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: You've got another love
Last Line: Poor girl %just like me


PREACHER, DON'T SEND ME, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography


PREACHER, DON'T SEND ME, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Promise me that %or nothing at all


PRELUDE TO A PARTING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Beside you, prone
Last Line: A fleeing love %to stay


PRESCIENCE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Had I known that the heart
Last Line: Wanted more and cared less


PRISONER, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Even sunlight dares


PRISONER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Even sunlight dares
Last Line: Then rails to run


PUSHER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: He bad %o he bad
Last Line: Yet gives no sweet %release


RECOVERY, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A last love
Subject(s): Love


RECOVERY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: A last love, %proper in conclusion
Last Line: And speeding toward the light


REFUSAL, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Beloved %in what other lives or lands
Last Line: I will not deign to die


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


REMEMBERING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Soft grey ghosts crawl up my sleeve
Last Line: And they lay my soul in strips
Subject(s): Memory; Travel


REMEMBRANCE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your hands easy %weight, teasing the bees
Last Line: Then, can I greedily consume %your presence


REQUEST, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: If this country is a bastard
Last Line: Time of its life


REVERSES, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: How often must we
Last Line: In our past


RIOT: 60'S, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Our %your friend charlie pawnshop
Last Line: Shoot him while he run


SAVIOR, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Petulant priests, greedy
Last Line: Although we have lost %your name


SENSES OF INSECURITY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I couldn't tell fact from fiction
Last Line: And found my senses lost


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


SEPIA FASHION SHOW, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Their hair, pomaded, faces jaded
Last Line: I'd remind them please, look at those knees %you got a miss ann's scrubbing
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


SEVEN WOMEN'S BLESSED ASSURANCE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: One thing about me
Last Line: To rest sometime


SHAKER, WHY DON'T YOU SING?, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Evicted from sleep's mute palace
Last Line: Shaker, why don't you sing


SINGER WILL NOT SING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: A benison given. Unused
Last Line: To this place


SLAVE COFFLE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Just beyond my reaching
Last Line: That my life was gone


SOME GRASS ALONG A DITCH BANK, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't know what happens to grass
Last Line: But then growing still again
Subject(s): Farm Life


SON TO MOTHER, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I start no
Last Line: "before I annihilate
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SON TO MOTHER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I start no
Last Line: Before I annihilate %their ignorance?
Subject(s): African Americans


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


SONG FOR THE OLD ONES, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: My fathers sit on benches
Last Line: They kept my race alive
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


SOUNDS LIKE PEARLS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sounds %like pearls
Last Line: With blushings %disappear


SOUTHEAST ARKANASIA, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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


SOUTHEAST ARKANASIA, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: After eli whitney's gin brought to generations
Last Line: And the absence of despair %over yonder
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


STARVATION, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hurray! Hurry! %come through the keyhole
Last Line: And laughs at each eviction notice. %come


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


TAKE TIME OUT, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: When you see them
Last Line: Take time out


TEARS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tears %the crystal rags
Last Line: Blue farewell %of a dying dream


TELEPHONE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: It comes in black
Last Line: Ring. Damn you


TELEVISED, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Televised news turns
Last Line: And one more morning?
Subject(s): Blacks; Children; Hunger; Childhood


TELEVISED, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Televised news turns
Last Line: Them peas and lamb chops %and one more morning?
Subject(s): Blacks; Children; Hunger


THANK YOU, LORD, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I see you %brown-skinned
Last Line: I want to thank you


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


THE MEMORY, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Cotton rows crisscross the world
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE MOTHERING BLACKNESS, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She came home running
Subject(s): Homecoming


THE TRAVELLER, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Byways and bygone
Subject(s): Solitude


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


THESE YET TO BE UNITED STATES, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tremors of your network
Last Line: And cannot hear the curses %which fill your children's throats
Subject(s): United States


THEY ASK WHY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: A certain person wondered why
Last Line: You don't even have to talk


THEY WENT HOME, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They went home and told their wives
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Women; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


THEY WENT HOME, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: They went home and told their wives
Last Line: They'd spend one night, or two or three %but
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Women


THIRTEENS (BLACK), by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your momma took to shouting
Last Line: The thirteens. Right on


THIRTEENS (WHITE), by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your momma kissed the chauffeur
Last Line: The thirteens. Right on


THIS WINTER DAY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The kitchen is its readiness
Last Line: My window and the soup


THROUGH THE INNER CITY TO THE SUBURBS, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Secured by sooted windows
Last Line: And grinning. Still %grinning


TIMES-SQUARE-SHOESHINE-COMPOSITION, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm the best that ever done it
Last Line: (pow pow)


TO A FREEDOM FIGHTER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: You drink a bitter draught
Last Line: I hear it in your breath


TO A HUSBAND, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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


TO A HUSBAND, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your voice at times a fist
Last Line: I sit home and see it all %through you
Subject(s): Africa; African Americans; Love - Marital


TO A MAN, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: My man is %black golden amber
Last Line: New. Now new. %still itself. %still


TO A SUITOR, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you are black and for me
Last Line: A crescent moon, naturally


TO BEAT THE CHILD WAS BAD ENOUGH, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: A young body, light
Last Line: A young body floats %silently


TRAVELER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Byways and bygone
Last Line: My long nights, lone


UNMEASURED TEMPO, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun rises at midday
Last Line: But too late


WE SAW BEYOND OUR SEEMING, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Dry tablets without token


WEEKEND GLORY, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some dichty folks %don't know the facts
Last Line: On a saturday night


WHEN I THINK ABOUT MYSELF, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
Last Line: When I think about my folks


WHEN YOU COME TO ME, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: When you come to me, unbidden
Last Line: Trunks of secret words %I cry


WHERE WE BELONG, A DUET, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: In every town and village
Last Line: Now I'm where I belong


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


WHY ARE THEY HAPPY PEOPLE?, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Skin back your teeth, damn you
Last Line: With your kin
Subject(s): African Americans


WILLIE, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Willie was a man without fame
Last Line: When the chidren sing %I am the rhyme


WOMAN ME, by MAYA ANGELOU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your smile, delicate / rumor of peace
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


WOMAN ME, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your smile, delicate %rumor of peace
Last Line: A stomp of feet, a bevy of swift hands
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


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


WOMAN WORK, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've got the children to tend
Last Line: You're all that I can call my own
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Women


WONDER, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: A day %drunk with the nectar of
Last Line: Long years hence


WORKER'S SONG, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Big ships shudder
Last Line: Whoppa %whoppa


ZORRO MAN, by MAYA ANGELOU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here %in the wombed room
Last Line: And trembling for me