Restoring to once again be viewable

From new book of poems, Spring 2013
THE WORLD WILL FOLLOW JOY: Turning Madness Into Flowers


photo of a gecko

Going out to the garden
©2012 by Alice Walker

Going out to the garden
this morning
to plant seeds
for my winter greens
-the strong, fiery mustard
& the milder
broadleaf turnip-
I saw a gecko
like the rest of us
has been
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
stretched out: 
(or even in bed!)

I get to see
maybe half
of what I’m looking at. 
(This changes everything!)

I get… Continue reading

for Julian Assange

© 1986/ 2010 by Alice Walker

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
Or line… 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

To Hell With Dying book cover image


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

“An extraordinarily diverse collection…”
New York Times

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

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Short Stories
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

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