From new book of poems, Spring 2013
THE WORLD WILL FOLLOW JOY: Turning Madness Into Flowers
Going out to the garden
©2012 by Alice Walker
Going out to the garden
to plant seeds
for my winter greens
-the strong, fiery mustard
& the milder
I saw a gecko
like the rest of us
from the heat.… Continue reading
Bicycle dress guard by Simeli Ananda
What Do I Get For Getting Old?
A Picture Story
For The Curious
©2011 by Alice Walker
(You supply the pictures.)
I get to meditate
in a chair
Or against the wall
with my legs
(or even in bed!)
I get to see
of what I’m looking at.
(This changes everything!)
I get… Continue reading
The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult
By Alice Walker
New York: Scribner, 1996;
In Walker’s important new book, The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult, the Mendocino County-based author revisits the film set of The Color Purple, describing her personal reactions to the whole experience, in brave, naked detail.
At the start of the book Walker poses the question, “What did I learn from… Continue reading
For a happy few of us there is the good fortune of having had a Mr. Sweet in our childhood. Someone who erases the boundaries between children and adults, whose praise makes us strong–and whose love teaches us what love really is. The luminous full-color paintings are alive with the tender joy of the story.
“The tender colors seem lit from within, creating a… Continue reading
Living By the Word is a memorable collection of essays, letters and journal extracts from Pulitzer Prize Winner, Alice walker. In her immaculate prose, Alice Walker opens a window to her world – whether it be her troubled relationship with her father, her upbringing amidst the poverty of rural Georgia, her feelings on the banning of … Continue reading
In Alice Walker’s fourth collection of poetry, simple observations from a life well lived balance an unflinching examination of critical global worries
The title of this collection comes from a Native American shaman who, reflecting on the terrible problems brought by white colonizers, nearly forgave them all because with the settlers came horses to the North American Plains. And, indeed, in these poems… Continue reading
This collection of essays is a unique celebration of women’s stories and spirituality through the ages.
Alice Walker traces the umbilical thread linking women writers through history – from her discovery of Zora Neale Hurston and her collections of black folklore, to the work of Jean Toomer, Buchi Emecheta and Flannery O’Connor. She also looks back at the highs and lows of the… Continue reading
A natural evolution from the earlier, much acclaimed short story collection In Love & Trouble, these fourteen provocative and often humorous stories show women oppressed but not defeated. No longer do they excuse the aggression of others, no longer are they suspended in their unhappy condition. The women here claim every bit of the space they make.
These are modern stories: … Continue reading
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
As the old rules of Southern society collapse, Meridian fights a lonely battle to reaffirm her own humanity – and that of all her people.
“A glowing affirmation of the possibility …of love and forgiveness – between men and women, black and white.”