Alice Walker Highlighted Posts

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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 would call it) and saw the Pixar movie COCO, which… Continue reading

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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 and woolly ones showing up, after years of  absence,… 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

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
Why I… 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
Might be used
To staunch
The… Continue reading

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©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

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
But uncles, fathers,

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

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

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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