The incomparable Maya Angelou has given us many riches in both her poetry and her autobiographical writing. In this collection of verse she winds skeins of desire and longing; throws punches – some tough, some tender; flaunts and beguiles; and pokes fun: ‘London is a very queer place. Mighty queer. A million miles from jungle, and the British lion roars in the stone of Trafalgar Square.’
At her exuberant best, and yet with a new bittersweet mellowness, she sings the pleasures and pains of ageing. History and heartbreak and love – these are Maya Angelou’s themes so richly explored in cadences and rhythms of infinite inventiveness.
‘Maya Angelou has unquenchable dignity’ MFK Fisher