Happy Birthday to the Incomparable Alice / Alicia, con mucho cariño <3

I heard this song the other day and it reminds me of you and wanted to share it with you

Some wonderful photos I found of you

The song is “Gracias a la Vida”

Translation of this rendition:

THANKS TO LIFE

Thanks to Life, which has given me so much
She gave me… Continue reading

 

Photo by Alice Walker

Spring Poem 

Copyright 2018 by Alice Walker

For daisy, zinnia, petunia, jasmine, rose, tenzin, rebecca, rachel, braxton, auden

The seed from last year’s garden

Has been scattered

By the wind.

When I return in Spring
Tiny green faces
Are everywhere.

Some have landed
As we might too
In dry
& rocky
Ground.

But mother has returned
And she
Is… Continue reading

Somebody Died for Us: 

Remembering

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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We are the Ones We have been Waiting For

Alice Walker speaking about Martin Luther King, Jr (start time 9:37 to 39.25 end time)

Atlanta, Georgia

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    Ley Es Aquí y Ahora; Quizás Lo Hayas Notado 

    It Is Here Now; Maybe You Have

    Noticed It

    Copyright © 2018 by Alice Walker

    You could always tell
    Where it was going:
    Censorship.
    Free thought was always
    Going to be cornered,
    Caught, held captive
    By those
    With Everything
    To hide.
    We are never given
    Anything healthful
    Or truthful
    By those who have
    Traditionally… Continue reading

    Leer esto, Una Leccion: Nunca Vayas Por El Mercado, en español

    Lesson:  Never Wander Into the Marketplace
    After a Silent Retreat.
    Or During.  Which Is What I Just Did.

    Copyright ©2018 by Alice Walker
    Perplexed by signs for “bookstore” and finding none, I wandered once again down the path beside the new community building.  I saw folks going in. I had… Continue reading

    UNA BUENA ORACIÓN PARA EMPEZAR NUESTRO DÍA EN ESTOS TIEMPOS
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    A Good Prayer For Starting One’s Day In These Times …

    Humans are amazing.  Thank You

    For Making Us! 

    Whoever or Whatever You are,

    Of whatever Dimension or Frequency!

    Thank you for giving us Ourselves to enjoy!

    For instance, I went last night to my local movie palace in Oaklandia (as Frida Kahlo… Continue reading

     NUESTRAS VIDAS ERRANTES: IDEAS SOBRE EL COLOR PÚRPURA

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    Word that the Texas prison system has banned The Color Purple this week, made me wish to share the thoughts below.  I am off to a silent retreat in hopes of “re-setting” myself. Otherwise I would have found a great picture to go with this!  Well, imagine your family, with all the wild… Continue reading

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     I Live Now As If I Will Never See You Again

    Copyright 2017 by Alice Walker

    I live now
    As if I will never see you again;
    I should have been living
    This way all along.

    Here is a cure for every kind
    Of impatience
    & Irritation;
    Every anticipation
    Of regret.

    I love you as I love the fields
    That I… Continue reading

    Ayobami Adebayo Baileys Women Prize Fiction 2017 Alice Walkers Garden

    Stay With Me is a fabulous novel.

    Ayobami Adebayo has made such a moving commitment to fierceness and truth that the tenderness that emerges also in her characters is as welcome as a spring shower.  What a heart this writer has; how it renews our hope for a world in which it can continue to thrive.

     Best, I think, on Audible.

    I… Continue reading



    Cowgirl Filibuster

      

    Couplets for heroic Texas women

    June 26, 2013

     

    Word got out about the bad bill.

    College students packed up their bikinis,

     

    went back to Austin to tell those men why

    women need abortions. Seven hundred

     

    were already there. Story after story

    for the record: citizen filibuster.

     

    Three a.m. The Speaker tells the crowd

    he’s heard it all… Continue reading


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    Thoughts On Our Sorrow:  Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin
    © 2013 by Alice Walker

    I deliberately watched none of the Zimmerman trial, just as I have deliberately not read a draft of a new book by Jen Marlowe, soon to be published:  I Am Troy Davis, about a young black man in Georgia who was by all indications innocent of any crime… Continue reading

     

    Recently I’ve taken a few knocks for my liking of David Icke. Well, I can’t help liking him, he’s got cojones for days. Seen many of those lately not backed up by missiles and tanks? Actually and happily, yes, as more silenced people speak and folks on their knees rise, but he’s still special.* Anyway, last night it occurred to me what it is… Continue reading


    In Case You’ve Ever Wondered How It Is Done: Censorship by Purse String

    An Invitation to speak at the 50th Anniversary for the Center for Education of Women at the University of Michigan has been withdrawn

    I’m saddened to write this because I’m a proponent of free speech and have been brought up to allow everyone to have their say. But I also realize that… Continue reading

    Alice carrying a sculpture of pregnant African women in a circle, dancing.

    Necks of Clay
    ©2013 by Alice Walker

    Someone said to me:

    Oh, stop that!  He has feet

    of clay.

    This person’s clay

    went to the neck.

    Can we listen to imperfect

    humans?

    I’ve always preferred them

    myself.

    Does this make us mad?

    Can we hear our own

    small voices

    muffled by

    the… Continue reading

    Martin Luther King

     

    LATER WE WOULD MISS YOU SO MUCH

    © 2013 by Alice Walker

    For Chelsea Manning

    Later we would miss you

    so much.

    But on that day

    we had you with us

    & we were so

    with you.

    Your happiness,

    of a man

    knowing he was

    on his way

    to glory

    to being shot down;

    a man beaming

    with triumph

    to see us

    the advancing… Continue reading

     

    The Butler Did It

    ©2013 by Alice walker

     

    Lee Daniels’ The Butler was received in my neighborhood by a packed house, all colors and kinds, almost all of them, at different points, talking back at the screen in some fashion.  At the end, there was a rousing, heartfelt offering of applause.   The enthusiasm is well deserved because the acting, everyone’s… Continue reading

    The Magic of Women


    Dear Sisters at the University of Michigan,

    I accept your invitation to visit with you in the coming year: I believe we have all learned something from our efforts to reach out to one another, and I believe also that – if solar flares or deeply unintelligent wars haven’t carried us off – it will be a good time.

    It so happened that during the… Continue reading

    Inner Landscape

    ©2013 by Alice Walker

    For S and C

     

    We have not seen each other

    in over a decade; 

    your son is very tall, you say,

    your daughter, learning

    to ride horses.

    Later, savoring our chance meeting

    in the local ice cream store

    I look about the land

    and see evidence of your helpfulness

    everywhere:

    the big sister

    Sycamore tree

    the one… Continue reading


    OPPRESSED HAIR PUTS A CEILING ON THE BRAIN 

    A talk given on Founders’ Day, April 11, 1987, at Spelman College in Atlanta. 

    From Living By The Word: Selected Writings 1973-1987 by Alice Walker.

    As some of you no doubt know, I myself was a student here once, many moons ago. I used to sit in these very seats (sometimes still in… Continue reading

    Neurologist Warns of Neurodegenerative Disease Surge Due to Chemtrail Spraying

    Christina Sarich, News Analysis: Any skeptic will conscientiously question the doom and gloom scenarios being touted by the anti-geoengineering groups. Geoengineering Watch, Aircrap.org, and Infowars, for example, prolifically liter the Internet with environmental and health concerns which reach both global and epic proportions. Skeptics often include people from the medical profession, scientists and, of… Continue reading

    Thanking the Goddess for Noam Chomsky: This is what an Elder looks like.

    Part 2  Noam Chomsky on 9/11,
    Syria’s “Bloody Partition” and Why U.S. Role Ensures Failure of Mideast Talks

    Part 3 Noam Chomsky
    U.S. Has Been “Torturing” Iran for 60 Years, Since 1953 CIA-Led Coup

    We Alone: from Her Blue Body Everything We Know:  Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete  © 1991 by Alice Walker

    We alone

    can devalue gold

    by not caring 
    if it falls or rises
    in the marketplace.
    Wherever there is gold
    there is a chain, you know,
    and if your chain 
    is gold
    so much the worse
    for you.
    Feathers, shells,
    and… Continue reading


    Who the Annunaki Saw?
    ©2013 by Alice Walker 

    Tiny Mother,
    I knew you had to exist
    behind all the lies
    about you.
    I knew you would live
    somewhere fresh
    wild
    with the sun dancing 
    with your earth colored skin.
    I knew you would adorn yourself
    with whatever struck your fancy.
    That it would feel natural
    for you
    to be part of the… Continue reading

     Sundus Shaker Saleh and her children

     Hope Is a Woman Who Has Lost Her Fear

    for Sundus Shaker Saleh, Iraqi Mother, with my love.
    ©2013 by Alice Walker

    In our despair that justice is slow

    we sit with heads bowed

     

     wondering

    how

    even whether

     we will ever be healed.

     

    Perhaps it is a question

    only the ravaged

    the violated… Continue reading

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    37 INK TO PUBLISH

    ALICE WALKER’S JOURNALS

    Alice Walker Valerie Boyd 2013

    (NEW YORK) – October 7, 2013.  Dawn Davis, Publisher and Vice President of 37 INK/ Atria Publishing Group, has acquired the journals of prize winning author, poet and activist Alice Walker.  Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The… Continue reading

    See Video below.  From  NATION OF CHANGE

    Published: Friday 1 November 2013

    “When I was asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman I said yes because it was a beautiful woman asking me. I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I… Continue reading

    More Sunflowers for Beverly

    Today I am in Atlanta visiting one of my oldest friends, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, who directs Spelman College’s vibrant and creative Women’s Center.  We have known each other since our college days at Spelman when the movement to desegregate the city of Atlanta was in full flower.  It has been an amazing half century.  From a city whose… Continue reading

     

    Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

    Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC.

    Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 09:57
    Murtaza Hussain

    “Nabila, a slight girl of nine with striking hazel eyes, asked a simple question in her testimony: ‘What did my grandmother do wrong?’” writes Murtaza Hussain [Reuters]

    It is almost unbearable to think of this grandmother being… Continue reading

    My love of story, my enthralled absorption in the study of History, as soon as I realized it existed, my delight in fresh ways of looking at everything, leads me to much of the new information that is becoming available in these amazing times.  This rather short (for him) teaching by David Icke is one I particularly like because towards the end of four… Continue reading

    United States Passport Alice Walker Poem Sweet People Are Everywhere

    Sweet People Are Everywhere

    ©2013 by Alice Walker

     

    For Young Brian Who Is Getting a Passport

     

    Some of the people in Turkey

    are very sweet.

    Some of those in Afghanistan

    are very sweet.

    Some of the people in the Americas

    are very sweet.

    In Canada too

    some of the people

    are sweet.

    In Mexico

    you will definitely find

     sweet people.

    Likewise

    in… Continue reading

    I am so happy that Nelson Mandela is at last truly free.  I will wave to him as he transforms into Everything around me and on into the Cosmos. What a race to run, Life gave him.  That he made it in such beauty tells us who we are, and who we can become.
    AW

    “I was called a terrorist yesterday, but… Continue reading

    Things We Can Do For Each Other:  Honoring the Hopi by Protecting What They Believe.   AW 

    Secret Bids Guide Hopi Indians’ Spirits Home

    Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

    Alain Leroy, owner of an auction company in Paris, surrounded by sacred Hopi spirit masks.


    By TOM MASHBERG


    Published: December 16, 2013 291 Comments

    The auction in Paris was set to… Continue reading

    Muriel Rukeyser and I had a terrible, painful parting of the ways, so many years ago now that it seems impossible to imagine that we did. But speaking of  her recently for her 100th birth year celebration,  I found nothing in my heart but gratitude for her kindness, for her efforts to befriend a younger poet just up from the traumatic South, and… Continue reading


    Solstice Greetings and Gratitude 2013, or Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn Playing Tennis!

    ©2013 by Alice Walker

    2013 was a surprising, even astonishing, year whose revelatory power shows no sign of abating in 2014.  It is as though we are collectively watching an enormous egg, as big as the sun, cracking open to reveal a golden center.  That golden center is Reality. … Continue reading

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    To the Cuban Reader
    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart is my seventh novel, and, unless I am mistaken, it is my last. I wrote it toward the close of my Fifth decade; it presents the concerns that, at that time, seemed important to share. First of all, I realized I was older than either of my grandmothers, Kate… Continue reading

    Alice Walker and Kaleo (2007)

    Alice and Kaleo 2007
    photo by Vaschelle André of Divine Photography

    And When They Spy On Us

    For Snowden

    Copyright©2014 by Alice Walker

    And when they spy

    on us

    let them discover

    us

    loving -

    it really doesn’t

    matter what we are loving

    let it be

    an exercise

    of the heart.

    You can begin

    with

    your car -

    if that has been

    your training.

    After… Continue reading

    An Iraqi child standing in her parents’ blood  (The NY Times) Photo by Chris Hondros

    Confident Anticipation of Joy
    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    How peculiar it feels

    to speak about

     health care in America

    taking care of people’s

    health

    while our government

    bombs

     the limbs

    off children

    in far away lands.
    And starves and imprisons
    not a few of them
    at home.… Continue reading

    Dear friends,

     

    Thousands of East Africans have been kidnapped by sadistic gangs, and tortured in Egypt’s Sinai until their families pay huge ransoms for their freedom. If we show Egypt’s leaders that this dirty secret is out and damaging the Sinai’s tourism reputation, we can force them to end the horror. Sign now:

    SIGN THE PETITION

    Nine months pregnant and in chains, Haben’s*… Continue reading

    Our Humanity Unchained:  Jane Goodall and Wounda Soul


    Subject: A chimpanzee hugs Jane Goodall after being released into the wild.

    A Palestinian child kidnapped from school by Israeli soldiers

    The Mother of Trees
    ©2014 by Alice Walker 

    If I could be

    the mother of Wind

    I would blow all fear

    away from you.

     

    If I could be

    the mother of Water

    I would wash out the path

    that frightens you.

     

    If I were the mother

    of Trees

    I would plant

    my tallest… Continue reading

    As Our Hearts Break for the people of Syria, Libya, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, the United States, Palestine and so many others… Israeli Youth Take a Stand for What is Right

    Published on Monday, March 10, 2014 by Common Dreams

    Israeli Youth: ‘We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army’

    Sixty young people sign open letter to Netanyahu
    announcing their resistance to the draft… Continue reading

    A Grievous Wrong Has Been Done To 5 Of Our Cuban Brothers:  Such Good Men Are Hard To Find
    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    It was an odd sensation in London recently to be part of an International Inquiry into the case of the Cuban  (or the Miami) Five. (Two have recently, after serving 15 year sentences, been released).   Since their arrest I… Continue reading

    Article source: 33 Literary Geniuses Who Happen To Be Super Hot

    I was surprised to find myself on this list, of course.  But, being there, I looked round. Hemingway, for instance, was really cute.  who knew?  Now that barely articulate letter he wrote to Marlene Dietrich makes more sense.  She wouldn’t have been indifferent to such a steady beam of… Continue reading

     Sisyphus
     by Mañuel Verdecia

    it’s not the rock, sisyphus

    of demolishing weight

    of cutting edges and rough shape

    cruelly indifferent to your tenacity

    nor is it the mountain reaching the clouds

    from where everything looks insignificant

    nor is it the stony path winding among thorns

    nor even is it the steep descent

    or one more encounter with the rock

    announcing the painful start… Continue reading

    Ecological Wisdom From the Heart of Brazil  (from the coming film)

    What a miracle is presented here: more of the revelation of who the Africans were, and, if not destroyed completely by Western “culture,” still are.  Which means, also, who humanity was, what it knew, what it believed, what was the obvious truth for it, before the clouding of consciousness caused by the… Continue reading

    Alice Walker IRS Withholding as Protest Against American Funded Wars


                                                              
    My Letter to the IRS

    Copyright 2014 by Alice Walker

    Attention:
    The Internal Revenue Service
    Re: Withholding of partial payment of taxes in protest of Wars funded by American taxpayers
    From: Alice Walker

    April 15,… Continue reading

    The War Against (In this case Semitic) Children

    There are almost no words when the war is against children, and against even younger children than presented in videos available to view on Facebook and YouTube.  Unfortunately two videos I had mounted here were repeatedly removed by unseen forces!  At first I was frustrated, then I thought: right: this is hard viewing for most people, they will need time to approach what… Continue reading

    Father kissing his Child Alice Walkers Garden

    Especially for our daughters
    and their families in Nigeria

    Never Pass Up An Opportunity To Kiss

    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    Never pass up

    an opportunity

    to kiss:

    the world has ended

    & begun again

    many times

    before;

    if we are to believe

    the African Bible*

    transcribed for

    our frightened era

    by Credo Mutwa.

    Three deep bows.

    Yes, never pass up

    an opportunity

    to kiss -… Continue reading

    Maya Angelou Alice Walkers Garden

    Maya Angelou was an indomitable spirit of great generosity, kindness, and love.  Her work, both written and spoken, has inspired, and actually helped, the lives of millions.  When I think of tribute, I envision Maya as a kind of General of Compassion, offering an army of words of encouragement.  She was special, she was rare, she was more beautiful than perhaps even… Continue reading

    Archie Roach Alice Walker Sydney 2014 Alicewalkersgarden.com

    Alice Walker and Archie Roach: Sydney Opera House 5/14
    Photo by Karen Villanueva 

    The Music of Archie Roach

    Seams Of Gold:  Was the Gold We Seek Once Inside Us?

    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    Twenty- two years ago, in Adelaide,  at one of  Australia’s literary festivals,  I met Archie Roach.  But did we actually meet?  What would we have… Continue reading


     

    You were so thin.  This is why we were bringing food.


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    JUNE 2014

    Nurit Peled Elhanan draws attention to human rights violations in Palestine
    04-07-2014: 2001 Laureate, Nurit Peled Elhanan has drawn the European Parliament’s attention to the background of the killing of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. She has denounced Israeli forces “for 12 hours… Continue reading

    In the late Eighties I bought a then isolated house within view of the ocean in the very upscale environment of Costa Careyes, Mexico.  I was drawn to the area simply because it is beautiful and has some of the most extraordinary houses on the planet.  It is also an eleven miles long nature preserve, with turtles and tejones (badgers), and several exquisite… Continue reading

    Octavia Butler Alice Walkers Garden Website

    Many years ago I read Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred, about a time traveller who returns to the past to visit ancestors who were enslaved; because I was apparently born with an ear turned to the lingering whispers of my own ancestors, it affected me deeply.  I have now finished listening to my second novel by Butler, The Parable of the Sower, and… Continue reading

    Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide

    by Phyllis Bennis

    July 16, 2014

    The Nation


    Our movement isn’t strong enough yet to end US enabling of the carnage in Gaza—but the shift in public discourse is a crucial first step. Now we just have to escalate our own work to get on to that next stage.

    Gaza Woman walking past Mural
    A woman walks past a mural… Continue reading

    Sema Boys on Alice Walkers Website Alice Walkers Garden - Rumi


    AND…

    For all of us who are suffering so deeply now, fearing our faith in humanity has been cruelly misplaced, even lost, there will always be the poets, and poetry itself to remind us of how big Life is. How long. How like the Anaconda, with its twists and turns. Interrogating every “wisdom”, bearing every grief, every feeling of impotence, the dreaded sense that loving… Continue reading

    Letter for Gaza Cartoon AWG Post July 23 2014


    Letter from Gaza 

    Ellen Cantarow
    July 23, 2014
    Le Monde diplomatique – English Edition

    Ellen Cantarow reports on the email Dr. Mads Gilbert sent to friends July 19 from Gaza. “The last night was extreme.

    The email Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway (Tromso), sent to a friend on July 19 was a cri de coeur. He had… Continue reading


    Alice Walker Fidel Castro photo from 1990s

    I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  This is why right, though temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Above photo:  Among other beings of light: two ophthalmologists from NYC, Ramsey Clark, former attorney general of the United States, and Dennis Banks, a founder of AIM, the (North) American Indian… Continue reading

    Don’t Give Up (Beautiful Child, Other Self)
     
    ©2014 by Alice Walker

     

    What they will pretend not to know

    When you are injured

    Is how ugly you feel now.

    It is hard to imagine living

    Without a part

    Of yourself.

    Every other working arm or leg

    Or eye

    Or foot

    No matter who owns it

    Will arouse your envy.

    You will hate yourself

    For… Continue reading

    Alice Walker and Huda Naim, Palestinian member of parliament and mother of five  2010 in Gaza

     Talking To Hamas
    ©2014 by Alice Walker 

    Huda Naim, democratically
    elected official,

    I do not know how it goes with you

    and  your children

    but every day I am thinking of you.

    Did you know that before we left the US

     our government spokespeople… Continue reading

    Don’t Break Your Heart Again, I Couldn’t Bear It. – AW

    She’s In: Anti-Racist, Anti-Imperial Feminists Against War

    August 21, 2014
    By 

    By Zillah Eisenstein

    Hillary Rodham Clinton (un)officially entered the 2016 presidential race in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine. Much has been said of her criticism of the Obama administration’s Syria policy and… Continue reading

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    The Language of Bombs

    ©2014  by Alice Walker

     

    Dearest Zainab,

    Whenever my country bombs your country,

    I think of you.

    Which means you are frequently on my mind.

    I often think of the bombers

    And how little they can see

    Of what is below them.

    Many who returned

    From earlier “missions”

    Said it was only later,

    When they went back

    And saw the… Continue reading

    Photojournalist James Foley  1973-2014

    The Iron Age, The Age of Sorrow

    for Yusuf

    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    Where do we go when we die?

    the little child asked.

    And the Ancient One who lives

    within all little children said to her:

    You go to the very same place you go to

    each night when you fall asleep.

    And therefore the parents of James

    the… Continue reading

    A friend sent this beautiful poem by Palestinian poet Samih Al Qasim.  The poem below "When a Poet Dies" is written for him. -AW

    A friend sent this beautiful poem by Palestinian poet Samih al- Qasim; the poem “When a Poet Dies” is for him.
    Travel Tickets

    “The day I’m killed,
    my killer, rifling through my pockets,
    will find travel tickets:
    One to peace,… Continue reading

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s AMERICANAH is one of the best novels ever.  I “read” it on audio (Recorded Books) which made  it even more satisfying. The reader skillfully creates all the right languages, dialects, and accents of dozens of characters, female and male.  I was initially put off by the Nigerian/Ibo sound.  Only to discover half way through the book that hidden… Continue reading


    Gather
    ©2014 by Alice Walker
    for  Carl Dix and Cornel West


    It is still hard to believe
    that millions of us saw Eric Garner die.
    He died with what looked like a half dozen
    heavily clad
    policemen
    standing on his body, twisting and crushing
    him
    especially his head
    and neck.
    He was a big man, too.  They must have felt
    like clumsy midgets… Continue reading

    Kaleo and Alice, Robben Island 2011

    At The Door Of Pollsmoor Prison

    for Kaleo,  for Madiba

    ©2014 by Alice Walker

     

    When we arrived at the door of Pollsmoor prison

    we were already deeply stirred

    and sat a while outside

    calming ourselves before going in.  Me, breathing deeply,

    you holding Madiba’s image in consciousness

    so that walking in you might more completely

     … Continue reading

     Alice and Rebecca, Careyes, the mid 1980s

    Making Frittatas
    ©2014 by Alice Walker


    For Rebecca
     
    Ten years is a long time
    and I have missed you.
    I thought of this
    this morning as I commenced making
    a splendid (it turned out) frittata.
    You taught me how to do this.  After ten years during
    which I assumed you did not cook – time… Continue reading

    Shiloh and Sue in front of the Mona Lisa, Paris, 2014

     

    There is more to come, but here is an offering of spirit to tide us over.  Sue’s body was cremated this morning at eleven o’clock.  Drums sounded from her hillside, and mine, and from the trees came the sweet trumpet sound of Amazing Grace, blown with all his soul, by Kaleo Larson.

     

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    Miko Peled and Alice Walker Northern California 2013

    The Prize Itself 

    Poem for Miko 
    ©2014 by Alice Walker 

    There are many awards
    that are not worth receiving;
    they can be handed to you
    by someone whose other hand
    is stabbing you in the back.

    Worse I think
    is to receive an award
    for bravery
    from  someone who is a coward… Continue reading

    Child Hunting

    More than 180 Palestinian children have been kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces in the past 45 days.
    The only Hebrew-Arabic kindergarten in Jerusalem was burned last night and covered with Death To Arabs grafitti.
    Razan,11years old child, died today after preventing her from leaving ‪#‎gaza‬ <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/gaza?source=feed_text&story_id=10205164109041905>  for treatment
    – 
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    telefax: ++972-(0)2-5700112 <tel:%2B%2B972-%280%292-5700112>
    Mobile:… Continue reading

    An Elder Speaks

    Depopulation Blues
    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    It makes you think
    of years gone by
    when we dreamed
    whatever we could not imagine:
    but we could never, useless eaters, have dreamed or imagined
    this.  Maybe we could have done a better job
    of imagining it
    if we were different beings
    and not so forgiving of the coldness
    that has always been our… Continue reading

    What is to be done?  Who is to do it?

    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    My friend says to me:
    But what can we do?  Already giving up.
    To be aware is already something,
    I say.  Consciousness rarely
    leaves us unmoved. Or unmoving.
    And so it is with this revelation
    of what has been happening
    to our children, all of them,
    and… Continue reading

     

     

    I said yes to the invitation to speak at the recent EARTH AT RISK event in San Francisco because I deeply respect Vandana Shiva, Derrick Jensen, Chris Hedges, and the members of Veterans for Peace and The Winter Soldier who also participated.  I did not read these notes because of time constraints, I share them here for those who might find them… Continue reading

    ©2014 by Alice Walker

    If the murder of our youth is considered insignificant to those in American society who make the laws, those of us who love the children, and their parents, and ourselves, must awaken to the reality that the political system we find ourselves prisoners of must be abandoned. What is to be done?

    This question is approached with courage, dignity, and clarity… Continue reading

    3 years since the murder of Abir Aramin, 10 years old.

    Abir Aramin was shot in the head but nobody shot her

    Please also read, A Propos IASA Letter of Refusal 
    http://iasa-refuse.org/a-propos-iasa-letter-of-refusal

    Nurit Peled-Elhanan writes…

    On Sunday 10 July 2011, 8 Tammuz, the legal seal of approval was given to the book “The King’s Torah” [1] by The High Court of Israel that ruled… Continue reading

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    Bob Nesta Marley, Siempre 
    To Win (for Bob Marley’s birthday:  February 6th)
    ©2015 by Alice Walker

    Be what they do not want:
    Be thoughtful.
    Be skilled at loving.
    Be of good heart.
    Be of the world tribe.
    Who torments
    The sacred
    Rest of us
    Lacks confidence
    In his own
    Worthiness
    To stand
    Shameless
    Even poor
    And sing.

     

              

     

     This photo is called:  Surprised Iranian Children

     

    Mongers of War

    ©2015 by Alice Walker

    Are you awake yet?
    How awake are you?
    Do you know what War is?
    How well do you know?

    Do you know how devoted
    Warmongers
    Are to War?

    How they love it?

    More than mothers and babies.
    More than grandkids.
    More than fresh water and clean soil… Continue reading

    THE SLAIN CHILDREN OF PALESTINE
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    THE SLAIN CHILDREN OF PALESTINE HOLD COUNCIL IN PARADISE
    ©2015 by Alice Walker

    Who knew death would be like this?

    A young boy considers reconnecting a limb
    And looks down thoughtfully
    At an eye.  An eye that looks
    Casually around Paradise
    Which turns out to be
    Everywhere.

    Who knew
    We would learn so much… Continue reading

     

    PEACE AS THE INTELLIGENT OPTION
    By Manuel E. Yepe

    http://englishmanuelyepe.wordpress.com

    A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

    http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs4299.html

    At the end of World War II, the United States was in much better
    material condition than the rest of the world. It, therefore, had the
    opportunity to be at the forefront of a world of peace and justice,
    truly globalized and in solidarity. But the… Continue reading

     

    New Poems To Welcome Spring!

    © 2015 by Alice Walker

     

    Morning In the Village
    ©2015 by Alice Walker

    This morning
    In the  village
    Where I live*
    I saw an old man
    Leisurely painting an old
    Two- and –a- half foot high
    Metal milk can.

    He was serene,
    as passersby
    Strolled or rode their
    Bicycles.

    At first I did not comprehend
    How simple… Continue reading

    EVERY WORD THIS WOMAN SAYS IS SACRED IN THE BOOK OF PEACE

    The duty to support the BDS movement

    Nurit Peled-Elhanan.

    EP laureate  of the Skharov prize for human rights and the freedom of speech

     

    On the 15th of April 2015 the Israeli supreme court approved the bill defining as criminal offense the call to boycott Israeli institutions and organizations or people who… Continue reading

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    If I Was President

    (Were for those who prefer it.)

    ©2010 by Alice Walker

    ( from Hard Times Require Furious Dancing)

     

    If I was President

    The first thing I would do
    is call Mumia Abu-Jamal.
    No,
    if I was president
    the first thing I would do
    is call Leonard Peltier.
    No,
    if I was president
    the first person I would call
    is… Continue reading

    Why “Womanism” Exists:  Hillary Clinton

    and the Old World Order

    Artículo en español

    Added Feb. 2016: Hillary Clinton’s Empowerment

    Hillary Clinton isn’t a champion of women’s rights. She’s the embodiment of corporate feminism.

    by 

    US Department of State / Flickr

     

    Assuming Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, much of her popular support will… Continue reading

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    Michael Jackson Gives a Talk

    ©2015 by Alice Walker

     

    At the oddest times
    Sometimes in the middle
    Of the night
    I hear Michael Jackson’s voice,
    The one you only hear
    On YouTube:  They don’t care
    About us, he is saying.
    And repeats:  They don’t care
    About us.
     
    He delivers a lecture
    Who knew he even
    Understood
    Talking about the old music… Continue reading

    Beyond

    ©2015 by Alice Walker

     

    The old experienced ones
    Never said
    You must marry.
    They never said
    What will your husband think?
    There was always so much
    Work to do
    Offering advice on this issue
    Seems to have slipped their minds.

    And so when I did marry,
    A few times
    By last count
    I realized there was something
    Called Marriage
    That might happen
    In… Continue reading

    Shall We Go Down Asleep?

     

     

     Or Awake?

    Until I met the historian Howard Zinn, at seventeen, I had never encountered a white person, especially a white man who identified as white, who didn’t seem frightening.  I had every reason to feel this way, as history proves.  There were of course “white looking” people, my mother’s midwife buddy and her family,… Continue reading

    A good teacher never quits.

    That Is Who I Thought You Were

    ©2015 by Alice Walker

    Tell me please
    Why are you not speaking?
    When we stood together
    In our bloodied land
    You raised your voice
    And stood beside me.
    Now I wait
    And wait
    For you to say
    One word.
    They tell me it is because
    You are afraid.
    They say it is because… Continue reading

    Robert Emery Hemenway (August 10, 1941–July 31, 2015) Alice Walker

     

    The Fiesta of Rediscovering America: An Open Letter To Robert Hemenway, Passing: 1941-2015

    © 2015 by Alice Walker

     

    Dear Bob,

    Since I was a child I’ve wondered where the spirit goes when people die.  So I’m wondering where yours is now, whether you’re in transit, resting, or already back (wherever back might be) continuing on your never-ending journey.  This is one… Continue reading

     

    WAGING EMPATHY: ALICE WALKER, POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY, AND THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO BAN FGM

    Edited by Tobe Levin

    http://uncutvoices.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/waging-empathy-order-info.pdf

    I met Tobe Levin in London at the 2013 premier of Pratibha Parmar’s Beauty In Truth, a film about my life.  Sure enough, on the back cover of this book there is a photograph of us looking happy to… Continue reading

    ROSENWALD, UN FILME DE AVIVA KEMPNER   Los amigos le cuentan a los amigos, de otro modo ¿cómo podrían saber? Una vieja amiga reapareció campantemente en mi vida para alejarme de un par de intimidantes acantilados y me contó sobre Rosenwald, el reciente filme acerca del comerciante y filántropo judío, codueño de Sears Roebuck, quien durante los 1920s y 1930s se convirtió en una leyenda entre las personas negras del Sur. ¿Por qué? Porque él era la fuerza detrás de la construcción de miles de escuelas para niños negros en esa parte del mundo. De hecho, por lo que sé, debe haber inspirado la propia escuela que construyeron mis padres y nuestros vecinos luego quemada totalmente por blancos del lugar. Trabajando conjuntamente con Booker T. Washington del Instituto Tuskegee hasta su muerte, Julius Rosenwald ayudó a las comunidades negras a construir más de 5 000 escuelas. Proporcionó $25,000 por escuela, la comunidad negra reunió otros $25,000 y los últimos $25,000 se recaudaron entre blancos con los dineros y la visión para estimular la educación entre descendientes de las personas esclavizadas sobre cuyas vidas robadas se había alzado su propia prosperidad. ¡Un plan brillante que funcionó!   Los negros de cada lugar levantaron a mano cada escuela. Y, tal como sucedió en mi propia comunidad, antes de yo nacer, cada vez que quemaban una, ellos construían otra.   Vimos el filme en un cine junto con otras seis o siete personas. Esto suscita la pregunta de cómo asegurar que suficiente gente vea una película que plantea una respuesta para un problema social apremiante. En este caso, nuestras vergonzosas escuelas públicas. ¿Por qué no seguir el ejemplo de estos grandes hombres y mujeres y construimos y dirigimos nuestras escuelas nosotros mismos?   Lo hemos hecho en el pasado y lo podemos volver a hacer.   No queremos cárceles para nuestros hijos, queremos luz y aire, lugares para soñar y jugar, buenos maestros, seguridad todo el día, ¡personas que les sonrían en cada esquina de los terrenos y edificios! O incluso les frunzan el ceño, ¡pero de forma amable! (A ustedes les gustará lo que Maya Angelou dice al respecto). La de Angelou es una de las muchas voces enérgicas, sinceras, preocupadas en este filme. Ahí están Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, Rita Dove, John Lewis, junto a artistas, poetas, músicos, pintores y bailarines. ¡Llegamos a oír a Marian Anderson cantando! (Ella es maravillosa. Imaginen cuán envidiosas deben haber estado aquellas Hijas de la Revolución Americana, una noción risible en sí misma.)   Mientras tanto, deténganse en la compasión serena en los ojos de Julius Rosenwald. Vean cómo una persona rica se vuelve aun más rica al darle a los otros. Sucedió que, hacia el final de su vida, Rosenwald sintió que el tiempo que pasó construyendo escuelas para los niños negros y compartiendo con sus nuevos amigos del Sur se hallaba entre lo mejor de su vida.   Pero además vean este filme por la increíble belleza de las personas negras. Esa chispa especial de alegría y franqueza, e incluso de gran postura, que parece habérsela llevado el viento. ¡Para nuestro pesar! (Aquellos de nosotros que incluso lo recordamos.)   Hay secuencias de película que jamás supe que existían. Es gozoso comprobar cuán bella le gente blanca puede ser cuando son verdaderamente nuestros amigos y, a pesar de las consecuencias, que pueden ser nefastas, deciden arriesgar lo bueno si llegan tiempos riesgosos por permanecer con nosotros.   Esta página puede necesitar corrección, La estoy publicando ahora porque, en dependencia del lugar, este filme puede desaparecer de los cines antes de que sea adecuadamente apreciado.         ELEVANDO LA EMPATÍA: ALICE WALKER, POSEER EL SECRETO DE LA ALEGRÍA Y EL MOVIMIENTO GLOBAL PARA PROHIBIR LA MUTILACION GENITAL FEMENINA (FGM)   Corregido por Tobe Levin   http://uncutvoices.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/waging-empathy-order-info.pdf Conocí a Tobe Levin en Londres en el estreno de Beauty in Truth (La belleza de la verdad), un filme de Pratibha Parmar sobre mi vida. Por supuesto, en la contraportada de este libro hay una foto de nosotras donde nos vemos felices de estar juntas. Debido a que el evento estaba colmado, y jubilosamente ruidoso, no comprendí lo que Levin me estaba diciendo sobre un libro que se publicaría, el cual ella editó, que se centraba en mi labor acerca de la mutilación de los genitales femeninos (FMG, en inglés). Dos años más tarde, alguien cuyos zapatos hechos a mano admiro, me envió un par de sandalias de tirillas doradas que había hecho para mí, junto con dos copias del libro de Tobe Levin.   Hay cosas maravillosas que están sucediendo en este mundo, cosas sorprendentes; me encanta pensar que todo el mundo finalmente recibirá sus zapatos de baile. Sentía que había recibido los míos, mientras abría este tomo de ensayos de estudiosos de todo el mundo que se prestaron para apoyar la lucha de Tashi, la mujer que decide sufrir la mutilación genital en Possessing The Secret Of Joy (Poseer el secreto de la alegría) y, por extensión, de todas nuestras hermanas y niñas por millones que, debido a la mutilación de sus genitales, son propensas a soportar toda una vida de padecimientos físicos y psicológicos.   Cada ensayo en torno a la novela, sin importar el país, es enjundioso, profundo, serio, atractivo. Me gusta que este buqué de acercamientos llegue a los estudiantes o a cualquier lector de forma que permita que la mutilación genital, sus victimas y sus perpetradores se comprendan más fácilmente. Después de todo, es la comprensión no el castigo lo que buscamos, ya que nos percatamos de que todos en una cultura pierden cuando los gritos de una niña herida caen en oídos muy adoloridos como para oír.   Hay espacio para distintos puntos de vista, también, si deseamos, finalmente, ver con claridad.   Tres inclinaciones completas. Tres ovaciones enérgicas.   Continue reading

    Don’t be fooled by “Inclusive Capitalism” It’s

    still a disaster!

    By Cynthia McKinney

    (en español)

    Signs of Deep Awakening ….AW

    United States one dollar bills are inspected under a magnifying glass during production at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington
     © Gary Cameron / Reuters

     

    According to its website, Inclusive Capitalism, every corporation must be a citizen of the society in which it operates. This ensures long-term growth and company health. They even write that “inclusive… Continue reading

     

                        The Island That Sleeps Like a Wing, Cuban poet, Nancy Morejon

     

    WHY THREE POPES IN 20 YEARS?
    By Manuel E. Yepe

    http://manuelyepe.wordpress.com/

    A CubaNews translation.
    Edited by Walter Lippmann.

    In less than twenty years, three Popes have visited Cuba. This is
    something really surprising when you consider that this archipelago is
    a… Continue reading

    RISE UP, OCTOBER!

    Be On YouR

    Side.

                        End Police Terrorism

                 Embrace Black Lives Matter

    Release All Political Prisoners

     Stop the War on Children

    SUPPORT JUSTICE OR ELSE!

    DEFEND OUR EARTH MOTHER

    RESPECT THE FEMININE AND YOURSELF

    HONOR THE FAMILY, FRIENDSHIPS, AND THE… Continue reading

     Happy Tenth Anniversary, Busboys and Poets!

    Greetings Everyone, I was on my way to be with you tonight, but did not want to risk being trapped, in mid journey, with my partner and small dog, by Hurricane Joaquin.  Andy (Shallal) tells me the danger seems past, and I am happy for all of you who made it.  You are very lucky.

    Greetings… Continue reading

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    Palestinian: ‘I shall sing and continue what I’ve started’

    Indystar, October 17, 2015

    My Facebook feed is filled with terrifying videos. Fadi, a 19-year old Palestinian youth, is chased by a lynch mob of Israeli settlers in Jerusalem screaming for his death and is shot, execution-style by Israeli forces. Ahmad, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy is shot by Israeli police in an illegal Israeli settlement… Continue reading

     

    October 2015

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    THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

    ©2015 by Alice Walker

    They will always be
    More beautiful
    Than you
    The people you are killing.
    You think it is hatred
    That you feel
    But it is really envy.
    You imagine if you destroy them

    We will forget

    How tall they stood

    How level
    Their gaze
    How straight their backs.
    How even the… Continue reading

    After Attacks, France Increases Its Commitment To Refugees

    Nation of Change

     

    What Sanity Looks Like.


    http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/11/18/after-attacks-france-increases-its-commitment-to-refugees/
    <http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/11/18/after-attacks-france-increases-its-commitment-to-refugees/>

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    Wherever You Are Grieving

    ©2015 by Alice Walker

    It does not matter to me:
    Wherever you are grieving
    Whether Paris, Damascus, Jerusalem, Bamako,
    Mexico or Beirut or New York City
    My heart, too, is bruised
    And dragging.
    There used to be such a thing
    As melodrama
    When feelings could be
    Made up,
    But now there is bare pain
    And sorrow,
    A sense of endlessly missed… Continue reading

     

    ALL CHILDREN DESERVE A BETTER WORLD

    Talking About Paris To A Five Year Old

    ©2015 by Frank Barat

     

    I had a pretty fascinating chat with Ted, my 5 years old son, this morning when he woke up. I am sharing this because while I have no problem trying to explain what happened in Paris, how it came about…to adults, I struggle with my… Continue reading

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    2015 The Year of Changes

    ©2015 by Alice Walker

    Grace Paley, the writer of great short stories, named two of her collections The Little Disturbances of Man and Enormous Changes At the Last Minute.  I think of these titles now as 2015 comes to a close:  how we as humans imagine disturbances in our tiny lives might weigh in on the cosmic scale,… Continue reading

    THE PEOPLE OF USA WILL HAVE THE FINAL WORD
    By Manuel E. Yepe

    http://manuelyepe.wordpress.com

    A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

    It has been repeatedly said that the American people are the only ones
    who could perform the Herculean task of bringing down the most
    powerful and bloodthirsty empire ever known to humankind. Humanity
    anxiously hopes to see the US people act, and will provide… Continue reading

    SANDERS WANTS TO DEBATE REAL ISSUES
    BY MANUEL E. YEPE

    http://manuelyepe.wordpress.com/

    A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

    Another novelty introduced by the campaign of Democratic Party
    presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in his bid to win voters for his
    candidacy is the complaint made about the sad role of candidates and
    the media interested in sharpening antagonisms between candidates
    based on purely personal or trivial… Continue reading

    Miko with Alice WalkerMiko Peled and Alice Walker

    In this post, Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, laments the death of Muhammed Ali and wishes he had stayed a while longer with us.  I feel the peace that comes when a person who has given his or her all in the cause of what is right passes away and is… Continue reading

    en español

    In these times of woe, trust in what you love that loves you back

    ©2016 by Alice Walker

    And though I’ve been there only once, for such a brief visit (!) I have a warm place in my heart for Brazil.  It is its people, first and last, who seem to me different in some quite unidentifiable but definitely encouraging (of humanity)… Continue reading

    Loving, A Film 2016

     

    DON’T MISS LOVING

    DON’T MISS SNOWDEN

    DON’T MISS QUEEN OF KATWE

    DON’T MISS 13TH

    DON’T MISS  MOONLIGHT

    REREAD:  1984, BRAVE NEW WORLD, AND DOWN AND OUT IN LONDON AND PARIS.  

    You’ll just have to take my word for it.  I’m overextended and my dog is ill, so I can’t go into all the reasons I’d like you to experience the… Continue reading

    Yemanjá 

    Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil
    Narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker

    A film by Donna C. Roberts and Donna Read

    http://www.yemanjathefilm.com/

    A documentary film about the Candomblé religion in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant African-derived culture which evolved from the days of enslaved Africans. Elder women leaders tell stories of Candomblé’s history, social challenges and triumphs, grounded… Continue reading

    Universal Condemnation of the US Economic Sanctions against Cuba


    Salim Lamrani
    Université de La Réunion
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/universal-condemnation-of-the-us-economic-sanctions-against-cuba/5555570

    Once again the international community has rejected the economic sanctions strangling the Cuban people.

    For the twenty fifth consecutive year, the UN General Assembly expressed its condemnation of the economic, trade and financial blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba for more than half a century.  The obsolete sanctions… Continue reading

    El poema ESTOY AFLIGIDA POR FIDEL en Español

    I AM GRIEVING FOR FIDEL

    and for Raul

    ©2016 by Alice Walker
     
    I am grieving
    for Fidel; I am bereft
    because he left us.

    Yet, after decades
    of offering support
    to more doubtful
    and less confident souls
    who called to him from his own country
    and around the suffering  globe
    wasn’t it time… Continue reading

    Poema, SOY FELIZ DE ANUNCIAR QUE NO VOY A NINGUNA PARTE!en Español

    Photo of Alice Walker Sandals on stairs by blue wall

     Photo by Alice Walker

    I Am Happy To Report I Am Not Going Anywhere!

    ©2016 by Alice Walker

    for Joan

    I am happy to report
    I am not going anywhere!
    That I am stuck like glue
    to this house, this window, this bed.
    To this view, that tree,… Continue reading

    It is a great experience to find one’s self taken over by a book, and that was my experience of BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah.  There’s no more fascinating a relationship between mother and son anywhere, to my mind, than that between Trevor and his mother, Patricia. I can only wonder if she finds it as priceless as I do.  … Continue reading

    En español, Lee y Firma El Llamado a la acción para detener a Trump y Pence antes de que asuman el poder

     

    I love the truth of this woman.  She has always been standing where she stands now.
    Even though times are hard, how lucky we are to see this
    and to know what we are seeing. -AW

     

    Read and Sign… Continue reading

    The Sympathizer Book Cover Viet Thanh Nguyen

    The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

     

    Was the Civil Rights Movement a politically orchestrated distraction from the wars on the citizens, lands and cultures of yellow people half a world away? We were distracted, some more than others, by assassinations and hangings, fire bombing of cars and houses, and the humiliating back and forth “progress” of “integration” via the long torturous march of… Continue reading

    En español
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    Sobonfu Somé

    You left us on the day women all over the world
    Are rising.
    Well, you rose too, sweetest
    Of sisters.
    You rose and I can see you smiling
    As you returned to the village
    Of Dano.
    The ancestors
    Who, as they are wont to do,
    Asked far too much of you,
    Are there to receive you.
    I hope they are!
    For… Continue reading

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    What To Do With The Mind?

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

    I have not been this depressed since President John Kennedy was assassinated; no, I have not been this depressed since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.  No, I haven’t been this depressed since Malcolm X was assassinated.  No, I haven’t been this depressed since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated.  No, I haven’t been… Continue reading

    En español

    Photo by Dorothea Lange

     

    FIND YOUR PARENTS, AND HELP THEM

    ©2017by Alice Walker

     

    Somewhere on this green earth
    your parents are still alive;
    why we thought parents ever died
    is a mystery.

    Somewhere
    your father is still working
    like a beast;
    your mother, her shoes a joke, still washing
    by calloused hand,
    someone else’s filthy clothes.

    You thought you had escaped… Continue reading

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    “Nigger”

    In the Language of Love
    (Turning a poison into medicine)

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

     

    For all those who remind us how this works.
     
    Pretty soon we might all be niggers -
    A just karma is beginning to
    snow down upon us.
    Maybe you will be happier then:
    to find you can indeed
    live on your knees
    and sometimes create… Continue reading

    An Evening with Alice Walker

    Thu, May 25 from 7:30 – 9:30pm EDT Arts & Entertainment

    Celebrate our exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 with acclaimed poet, novelist, activist, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker in this intimate lecture inspired by her life’s work and the exhibition. Walker won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983… Continue reading

    Ley Alice and Jung en Español

    A Role For Psychoanalysis In Healing the Trauma of Female Genital Mutilation?

    Photo of Carl Jung post to AWG AliceWalkersGarden 2017

    Carl Jung

    As the subject of Female Genital Mutilation returns to the minds and hearts of many, with the news that it is being practiced in the United States, I wanted to offer a perspective that is not ordinarily discussed: that of the role psychoanalysis might… Continue reading

    En español

    Photo by Laura Balandran

    THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS:  ARUNDHATI AND ALICE

    at the Nourse Theatre in San Francisco

    June 28, 2017

    Arundhati Roy, irrepressible and truly brilliant, read from her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and Alice “interviewed” her for a lively full house of mostly, it seemed from the questions later, Indians.  Who knew there were… Continue reading

    Leer el poema en Español, Mi Riqueza Neta Según Internet

     

    My Net Worth  

    According to the Internet

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

     

    Learning from the Internet
    That I have a net worth
    Of 300 million dollars
    Only 15 million
    Short of Beyonce’s
    Alleged stash,
    I understand
    Why I am petitioned
    So frequently
    For funds.

    If I had 300 million dollars
    It would… Continue reading

    What is Wisdom? Where Can it be Found?


    It is such a blessing to have magnificent teachers!  Two of them I fantasize having an intense conversation for the world to overhear happen to be Irish (American), which can’t be – given Ireland’s history – a true coincidence.  Michael Meade, mythologist, so beloved for all he brings, and Ken O’Keefe, a former Marine, for… Continue reading

    For Heather Heyer and her mother.

    With love, from Alice

    Rompe Mi Corazon De Nuevo
    Emaciated Buddha on Alice Walker Garden Website

    Break My Heart Again
    ©2017 by Alice Walker

    September 2017

    for Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya People

    We travelled far
    To stand before your door
    A door we could not see
    Our taxi driver
    And all of Myanmar
    Too frightened
    To whisper your name.

    My companion* brought
    His trumpet
    And though he did not dare
    Endanger our driver… Continue reading

    ¡HUELGA! DOLORES HUERTA

    Strike!  Dolores Huerta

    A Virgin de Guadaloupe, with Children

    ©by Alice Walker 2017

    DOLORES, the movie

    Some recent movies have been overwhelmingly encouraging, like the “horror movie” Get Out.  A film so remarkable in its psychic resonance that few can say just what it is that makes us know it is, at root, not so much about horror,… Continue reading

    Robert Allen, Rosario Ortega, Unrecalled Kind Person, Alice, Daniel Ortega
    Managua, Nicaragua, mid- Eighties

     

    Leaving Managua

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

    You were never to know,
    until now perhaps,
    that I was weeping
    as my compañero and I
    left Managua
    all those years ago.
    We had witnessed the graceful dignity of your people
    that they held inviolate
    against the brutality inflicted on them
    by our… Continue reading

    En español

    never caught book cover alice walkers garden 2017-09
    It is a delight to know that Never Caught is being taken up by readers as food for the merciless journey of our people in these United States.  Erica Armstrong Dunbar has pulled off a feat of major proportions.  So much so that I just learned her book was long listed for a National Book Award.  All awards… Continue reading

    The Temptations Berkeley Rep Alice Walker Website 2017-10-03

    A dozen of us took ourselves to see Ain’t Too Proud, The Life and Times of The Temptations, now playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley.  It was wonderful.  And so was the audience, which grooved along song after song as if they remembered, as most of us did, the moment each melody first startled and swooned our hearts, all those years… Continue reading

    Or Were You Once A Child?

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

    If you were once a child
    Remember how it was
    When the big men
    Who were not smiling

    Came for you?

    They were not soldiers
    Then
    But uncles, fathers,
    Grandpas,
    Dentists.

    It was their bigness
    That scared you.

    Now they are coming
    Six feet tall
    In full battle gear;
    You have nothing
    Or maybe a… Continue reading

    En Español

    AND THEN THERE WERE THE FIRES…

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

     

    I never experience October 9th
    Without giving thanks
    For John Lennon
    Someone who had his head
    On straight.
    This year was no different;
    I miss him still.
    Perhaps he and Medgar Evers
    Viola (Liuzzo:the Italian-American
     Who came to help);the black
    Women and men with no marker
    To name them; Bobby, Martin,… Continue reading

    A Branch:  Sexual Assault In the Present Time

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

     

    Decades later I would undertake
    As a course of personal study
    Why they told us nothing
    Whatsoever about it.
    We entered puberty so ignorant
    That when we bled
    The euphemism
    Was that we had been visited
    By a red bird.
    An odd sock, hopefully
    Mateless,
    Might be used
    To staunch
    The… Continue reading

    It Is Our (Frightful) Duty

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

    To Study The Talmud

    ©2017 by Alice Walker

    The first time I was accused

    Of appearing to be anti-Semitic

    The shock did not wear off
    For days.
    The man who charged me
    Was a friend.
    A Jewish Soul
    Who I thought understood
    Or could learn to understand
    Almost anything.

    He could not understand
    However
    Why I… Continue reading

    El Poema, ALENTADA POR LOS MILAGROS DE LA VIDA, en Españolmango-tree-alice-walker-post-2018-01-06

    Encouraged by the Miracles of Life

    ©2018 by Alice Walker

    for Rebecca, Tenzin and Rachel

    December 6, 2018

    For instance:
    The wisdom of the mango tree.
    Two years ago
    A hurricane
    Named Patricia
    -The worst storm
    ever to hit Earth
    according to those keeping record
    of relatively recent times-
    Destroyed two mango trees… Continue reading

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