People, Jan. 30, 1995

The Next Maya Angelou

Judging from the crowds that flocked to Washington's Sidney Kramer book shop, one might have imagined that Robert James Waller was holding court behind its doors. But the writer whom 1,300 had come to greet was JIMMY CARTER, author of Always a Reckoning, his first collection of poetry. Seeking the creative fulfillment that military service could not provide, Carter turned to verse in the Navy. The poems span the full range from folksy to sentimental; one reads, "It's hard to know what I can say ... to have the coolness melt/ To share once more/ The warmth...

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