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Just Give Me A Cool Drink Of Water 'Fore I Diiie [Kindle Edition]

Maya Angelou

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Book Description

From this best-selling author comes a marvellous collection of poetry. Poems of love and regret, of racial strife and confrontation, songs of the people and songs of the heart - all are charged with Maya Angelou's zest for life and her rage at injustice. Lyrical, tender poems of longing, wry glances at betrayal and isolation combine with a fierce insight into 'hate and hateful wrath' in an unforgettable picture of the hopes and concerns of one of America's finest contemporary Black writers.

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Black, bitter and beautiful, she speaks of our survival (James BALDWIN)

Maya Angelou writes from the heart and her language rings clear and true . . . Whether joyful, sad or playful, her poems speak with delicacy and depth of feeling (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

It is true poetry she is writing . . . it has an innate purity about it, unquenchable dignity (M.F.K. Fisher)

Maya Angelou liberates and exhilarates through her magical, lyrical, mystical medium - poetry (MARY BRYCE, TRIBUNE)

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The re-issue of Just Give me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie by Maya Angelou - one of the most celebrated writers and poets of the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 125 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.

She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

'A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman' President Barack Obama

'The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace' President Bill Clinton

'She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds' Oprah Winfrey

'She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There's no duplicate. There is no duplicate' Toni Morrison

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 1 May 2002
By Jalazia - Published on
All of Maya Angelou's poems are self explanitory. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. I am 16years old and I can relate to all the things she went through in her life. I read her poetry and it gives me courage to go on and keeps me to believe in myself. She has the most encouraging words. Her books and poetry has helped me to amount to things in my life that I never thought that I could do. That is why she is my FAVORITE author.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maya Angelou: Ave Atque Vale 28 May 2014
By Grady Harp - Published on
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Today the country and probably the world is saddened by the passing of Maya Angelou, one of the premiere poets of out time. Yes she wrote novels, fine ones too, but it is always in her poetry that she managed to reach those inner parts of our being with a tenderness and yet a strong as steel approach that will make her forever remembered.


They went home an told their wives,
that never once in all their lives.
had they known a girl like me,
But ... They went home.

They said my house was licking clean,
no word I spoke was ever mean,
I had an air of mystery,
But ... They went home.

My praises were on all men's lips,
they liked my smile, my wit, my hips,
they'd spend one night, or two or three.
But ...

We will miss her poems, her stories, her influence, and her presence.`Parting is such sweet sorrow that we shall say good night till it be morrow.' Grady Harp, May 14
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 Jan. 2013
By youngka - Published on
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I absolutely love any thing written or verbal by Maya Angelou! Her writing really keeps my interest and poems are beautiful...I have many of her writings & won't loan one of them to anyone---don't want to lose any of my books! :-) I am really not sure what I would do without Amazon!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Aug. 2014
By Lois Ann Cunningham - Published on
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Just what I thought it would be
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