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By Maya Angelou

ISBN-10: 0307777928

ISBN-13: 9780307777928

Grace, dignity, and eloquence have lengthy been hallmarks of Maya Angelou's poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. even if supplying wish within the darkest of nights or expressing honest pleasure on the extraordinariness of the typical, Maya Angelou has served as our universal voice.

Celebrations is a suite of well timed and undying poems which are an essential component of the worldwide cloth. a number of works became approximately as iconic as Angelou herself: the inspiring "On the heart beat of Morning," learn at President William Jefferson Clinton's 1993 inauguration; the heartening "Amazing Peace," provided on the 2005 lights of the nationwide Christmas Tree on the White apartment; "A courageous and Startling Truth," which marked the 50th anniversary of the United international locations; and "Mother," which fantastically honors the 1st lady in our lives. Angelou writes of celebrations private and non-private, a bar mitzvah desire to her nephew, a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey, and a memorial tribute to the overdue Luther Vandross and Barry White.

More than a author, Angelou is a chronicler of historical past, an suggest for peace, and a champion for the planet, in addition to a patriot, a mentor, and a pal. To be shared and adored, the knowledge and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there's consistently reason for occasion.

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There wasn’t much. I’ve retired a horse with a busted leg, pushed in the pin— 22 pigskin Fumble, and it’s half-wit barn-hands trying to tackle the pig—it slips out from the belly, can’t be handled without finesse. The baby glossed and not breathing until ankled upside down and slapped on the ass. A sour-milk stink like outdated candy from the chocolate shop I worked at that went to fatten hogs in Illinois. They’d shove IVs full of corn syrup, Coke—glucose high and I swear that’s what got those athletes fainting on the field.

It spooked us anyway, the Polish have a way of doing that—speaking in hushed tones in public, as if someone might hear you blaspheming and someone always did. For years my grandmother crossed herself twice a day and spoke about money as though it were a cardinal sin. She tried to converse with us in Polish— dobrze, meaning good, meaning it is all I can retain. What’s good for, if it can’t enter your day like someone you haven’t seen for ages, maybe outside a Polish bakery, where the happily plump owner mothers you with poppy seed?

I’d drive on gravel roads away from the river. Barns crooked, splintering. The corn stunted and slow to leaf. An expanse of fields, a slanted mailbox, makeshift fence. The gypsum mines were lit up at night, the air flour-white. Workers underground in machines big enough to take down a house. An endless circuit of tunnels, alarms connected to the ventilation system, and planned escape routes. I mapped the region, knew the slight rises and sudden drops that even flatness could afford. I knew all the ways to leave—the bridge rusting in its piles.

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