Celebrations is a collection of timely and timeless poems that are an integral part of the global fabric. Several works have become nearly as iconic as Angelou herself: the inspiring "On the Pulse of Morning", read at President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration; the heartening "Amazing Peace", presented at the 2005 lighting of the national Christmas tree at the White House; "A Brave and Startling Truth", which marked the 50th anniversary of the United Nations; and "Mother", which beautifully honors the first woman in our lives.
Angelou writes of celebrations public and private; included in this volume are a bar mitzvah wish to her nephew and a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey.
More than a writer, Angelou is a chronicler of history, an advocate for peace, and a champion for the planet, as well as a patriot, a mentor, and a friend. To be shared and cherished, the wisdom and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there is always cause for celebration.
"Listening to Maya Angelou is an intimate and inspiring experience, like having a conversation and a private poetry reading all at once." (AudioFile)
These rituals are great and there's nothing to complain about. She could recite it in church as a testimony.
I enjoy the performance of her work as only she could. Her work opens the mind to the experience of another only in the way one who lives it can.