I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

A strikingly moving first instalment of her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings spans Angelou’s childhood in the American South during the 1930s. Rife with racism, Angelou recounts her experiences as a black woman whilst living with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas, and later with her mother in San Francisco, and how her outlook onContinue reading “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou”

Ode to Angelou’s Bird

The caged bird singsDenied an existence beyond the barsUntouched by the sky with its dormant wingsInflicted with invisible permanent scarsMusic is its only strength. Notes of cadence and pure delicacyWeave through a network of knotted treesFlowers dance to the enchanted melodyEchoing past clouds aided by the breezeIt sings like no other. But it is notContinue reading “Ode to Angelou’s Bird”