Published by Random House on November 9, 1993
On the Pulse of Morning was read by Maya Angelou at President Clinton's 1993 inauguration.
I was excited to read this. I hope my political views do not taint this review.
Prior to On the Pulse of Morning I had only read I know Why The Caged Bird Sings, which I enjoyed, but had never ventured into her poetry. Maya Angelou’s poem was beautiful, a flow of thought-provoking inspirational words. I am not an “inspirational” reader. I usually find them sappy and Hallmark Channelesque. Although, this was different perhaps it was due to my political views and read with rose-tinted glasses, but I don’t think so. Maya Angelou’s way of twisting words into lyrics is incomparable. It is short and sweet (like this review) but gets the point across without inhaling breath. Gorgeous.