New York: Random House, 1975. First Edition, Later Printing. Octavo. (15 cm. x 22 cm.) 67 pp. Full black cloth with title blindstamped on front board, titles in gold on spine. Illustrated dust jacket. One short, closed tear to right corner of jacket not affecting text. Inscribed. Item #131
Known primarily as a memoirist, Maya Angelou, however, considered herself a poet. "Oh Pray My Wings" is her second volume of poetry. This slim book of 36 poems contains Angelou's characteristic, deceptively light touch with verse. These are poems of every day objects as in "The Telephone", or of the burden of history with "Africa" or of death and rebirth in "Elegy". And although Angelou's poetry speaks of the African-American experience with all the Blues and pain and love, her poetry is universal and bonds the reader with shared emotions and experiences. Enthusiastically inscribed by the author, with her usual cursive flourish, "Doris, Librarian, Joy! Maya Angelou '86"