A day drunk with the nectar of nowness
weaves its way between the years
to find itself at the flophouse of night
to sleep and be seen no more.
When I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published in 1969, Angelou was hailed as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African-American women who were able to publicly discuss their personal lives.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969): Up to 1944 (age 17)
Gather Together in My Name (1974): 1944-48
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976): 1949-55
The Heart of a Woman (1981): 1957-62
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986): 1962-65
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002): 1965-68
Mom & Me & Mom (2013)