Maya Angelou – Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie
Late Night Love Affair, hosted by Sarah Marshall and Candace Opper
This month, Candace and Sarah discuss Maya Angelou’s Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie. Topics of conversation include: how poetry intimidates us, Dirty Dancing, the need for white space, Gone With The Wind, writers accepting they are people, AC/DC, and the case against exclamation points.
Wow—this woman read at an inauguration, and she has the word clitoral in a poem.
About this book:
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie is Maya Angelou’s first collection of poetry, published in 1971. Angelou’s poems are heavily influenced by jazz, and many were originally song lyrics written during her time as a night club performer. In the shadow of Angelou’s much loved autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this collection got mixed reviews; while she is best remembered as a poet, critics tend to favor her autobiographical prose. Even so, the collection was nominated for a Pulitzer and exemplifies her early writings.
About Our Hosts:
Candace Opper and Sarah Marshall met in the MFA creative writing program at Portland State. They share a love of slasher films, George C. Scott, conspiracy theory, Stephen King, VCRs, air-popped popcorn, Jurassic Park, and discussing over coffee their obsessions with suicide and serial killers, respectively.
About the Music:
All music for Late Night Love Affair courtesy of the very talented Josh Bleeks, who you won’t find on the internet. Josh lives in Chicago where he writes and records music, and edits audio for Late Night Library.