This is on the inside jacket cover of the book “Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words the can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.” I read this book many years ago in the 1990’s is was originally published in 1969. I remember little bits and pieces of it but most memorable was Maya not speaking after a very tragic event in her life. I have gone through that phase as well in my early years on this planet. As with all my postings I am making a silent commitment to myself to read this book and this time to jot notes in the margins, because I’m going to use Dr. Maya Angelou’s book as a “teaching manual.” I know it will be a book whose words and written lessons will be a guide for me and I will return to it as often as I need to.
It is said that writers are readers and I’m am incorporating a reading practice into my writing practice. This is helping me with writing my own memoir “Baby, You Have To Go Beyond The Block: Advice My Mother Gave Me While Growing Up In Brooklyn.” I am learning how to tell a story, how to add the five senses to my writing and how to bring the reader along with me through my life’s journey.
I”m taking big strides this year. I’ve got BIG dreams for myself. One dream is to be a published author of many books. I enjoy the process of writing even though writing a book takes a few years. It took me a year just to finish the first draft! It’s worth the journey. I’m learning so much by reading books, newsletters, blog posts and joining writing groups and following writers on YouTube. This is an unfinished road, writing, so I stop rushing myself. I’m going to enjoy re-reading Dr. Maya Angelou’s book “I Know Why The Caged Bird Signs.” Will you join me? http://www.mayangelou.com
James Baldwin, Author, quote:
“I know Why The Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”