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Winne Mandela posted by Alice Walker on alicewalkersgarden.com

The name “Lucy,” which appears in the following poem, was given by paleoanthropologists to the fossilized skeleton of the most ancient, recognizably human being ever found.  A woman who lived on the African continent some three million years ago.

WINNIE MANDELA
WE LOVE YOU

by Alice Walker

Winnie Mandela
We love you.

If we had known you
In a time of peace
We would… Continue reading

The Long Road Home

©2016 by Alice Walker

I am beginning to comprehend
the mystery
of the gift of suffering.
It is true as some
have said
that it is a crucible
in which the gold of one’s spirit
is rendered
and shines.
 
Ali,
you represent all of us
who stand the test of suffering
most often alone
because who can understand
who or… Continue reading

Good Night Willie Lee I'll See You in the Morning Book Cover
Walker’s third collection of poetry takes its title from her mother’s farewell words to her father at his funeral. These words are the frame for a volume whose major theme is the connections between love relationships and lasting change. The volume is divided into five sections moving from a night of loss to a morning of hope. Through this journey Walker demystifies love as a… Continue reading

revolutionary petunias book cover
These poems are about revolutionaries and lovers-about how, both in revolution and in love, loss of trust and compassion robs us of hope. They are also about (and for) those few embattled souls who remain painfully committed to beauty and to love even while facing the firing squad. “Quick, direct, witty, pungent”

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This first volume of poetry established Alice Walker as a poet of unusual sensitivity and power.  All of these poems were written either in East Africa, where Walker spent the summer of 1965, or during her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College.  The collection is remarkably mature and varied: the opening group of graceful, witty poems remains an enduring “snapshot” of Africa viewed… Continue reading

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