Nicole Says… Read Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

By Nicole McManus

Maya Angelou was an amazing wordsmith. Not only was she an incredible author and actress, she truly believed in equality and overcoming history. Over the past several decades, there have been numerous collections of her work. However, it wasn’t until 2015 that Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry was published. This hardback book has ribbed pages that add a bit of vintage texture, while you read and is broken down into sections, giving readers a journey through her remarkable life. Previously unpublished poems, like the one written for the 2008 Olympics, are included in this book, and my two personal favorites, “Still I Rise” and “Phenomenal Woman” are also featured in this version. Readers will quickly become entranced in each poem as the words come alive, and they will be able to “hear” Maya Angelou’s voice. This is the perfect book, not only for fans of Maya Angelou’s work, but also to inspire a new generation.

Welcome 2018! Over the years, I have shared incredible books with all of you, ranging from fiction to biography, from children’s to history, even a few cooking and gardening books. The one genre that I have not reviewed for Sasee is poetry. If you are in our Sasee Facebook Book Club, you will know that there are very few author collections that I covet. I was truly blessed, when my Mom gave me this book for my birthday last year. As you might be able to tell, I believe in a well-balanced reading diet, and I enjoy discovering treasures in a wide variety of genres. Some of the best books to read are the hardest to review… and this book is no exception! No matter who you are, the life you have lived or what you believe in, Maya Angelou’s words will seep into your soul. Her words will inspire, heal, and comfort you. I keep this book on my nightstand in order to read my favorite poems for either motivation or reflection. So if you are looking for a powerful, inspiring book to begin the New Year, I highly recommend this title.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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