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

Nothing is Stronger Than a Circle Which is Why, as Black Elk* Teaches Us, Everything Tries to Be Round

Nothing is Stronger Than a Circle Which is Why, as Black Elk* Teaches Us, Everything Tries to Be Round

Thoughts on the Russell Tribunal re:
International Corporate Complicity in the Destruction of the People of Palestine
Convening in London November 20-23rd 2010
Copyright©2010 by Alice Walker


November 19, 2010

In many of my talks to young people, to women, to peace activists, etc., I… Continue reading

Alice Walker & Yoko Ono

©2010 by Alice Walker
The LennonOno Peace Grant Ceremony
Reykjavik, Iceland
October 9, 2010

I have an altar above the stovetop in my kitchen that has been there for many years; it is the first thing I see when I make my morning tea. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are on it, Amma, the hugging saint from Kerala, India, is… Continue reading

Nkosinathi Biko, eternal son, with Alice

I have spent most of the early morning thinking of what I want to say to you: there is so much. First of all I want to say that I am in your country, have been drawn to your country, the beautiful South Africa, which for some years in our own struggle we referred to as Azania, because of… Continue reading

© 2010 by Alice Walker

I woke this morning thinking of two recent audio books that I admire:  The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai andThe Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani.  I listened to both these books over the summer and they have haunted me ever since.  They are quite strong medicine and unquestionably powerful, if not for everyone.

The one… Continue reading

this is what you shall do: love the earth and the sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning god, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number… Continue reading

If the mind is always calm and still, dark and silent, not seeing anything, neither inside nor outside, free of all thoughts and mental images, this is the settled mind, which is not to be conquered.  If the mind gets excited at objects, falling all over itself, looking for beginnings and ends, this is the confused mind, which ruins the virtues of the Way… Continue reading

Sitting With the Angels Who Have Returned With My Memories
The Chicken Chronicles
Chapter Thirty- One
© 2010 by Alice Walker
 Dearest Girls,
I’ve noticed recently that you are almost too big to be cuddled in my lap.  Not really, but you are pretty big. The real concern is that I can’t take you with me when I’m not here and cuddle you… Continue reading

Photo: ©2010  by Alice Walker 
The Mother holding the stone that is her child that is her heart. Casa Madre, Mexico.

You Will Never Know
©2010 by Alice Walker

You will never
I loved
I watched
The film.

They covered 
Your body
& Your
So they
Would not
Have… Continue reading

Photo and essay ©2009 by Alice Walker 


Introduction to Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation
by Saree Makdisi: (Norton paperback release 2010)


I cannot begin my short prefatory note to this book without offering a silent bow of thanks to writers like Charles Dickens, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Victor Hugo and others who, like Saree Makdisi, have had the courage, patience,… Continue reading