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Alice Walker's first published book collects poems written as a student and on her first visit to Africa For readers seeking the origins of Alice Walker's potent, distinctive voice, this collection will provide ample insight. Composed while she was still a student at Sarah Lawrence College in the late 1960s, these poems are already engaged with some of the moral dilemmas that have defined Walker's entire career. Luminous vignettes from her first trip to Africa give way to reflections on the flourishing civil rights movement, while an eye for the transformative power of love and beauty run through all twenty-seven entries. Walker's talents are prodigious, yet it's her pure moral and aesthetic clarity that impress most in this debut work. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
poems Mt. Kenya’s Bluish peaks “Wangari!”* My new name. iii A green copse And hovering Quivering Near our bus A shy gazelle. iv morning mists On the road an Elephant He knows his rights. v A strange noise! “Perhaps an elephant is eating our roof” In the morning much blue. vi A tall warrior and at his feet only Elephant bones. vii Elephant legs In a store To hold Umbrellas. viii A young man Puts a question In his language I invariably End up Married. ix The
just “Question— did ever brown daughter to black father a white baby take—?” SUICIDE First, suicide notes should be (not long) but written second, all suicide notes should be signed in blood by hand and to the point— that point being, perhaps, that there is none. Thirdly, if it is the thought of rest that fascinates laziness should be admitted in the clearest terms. Then, all things done ask those outraged consider their happiest summer & tell if the days it adds
through the seventies, Walker produced several books, including her first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970), and her first story collection, In Love & Trouble (1973). During this time she also pursued a number of other ambitions, such as working as an editor for Ms. magazine, assisting anti-poverty campaigns, and helping to bring canonical novelist Zora Neale Hurston back into the public eye. With the 1982 release of her third novel, The Color Purple, Walker earned a reputation as
(1985) and Her Blue Body Everything We Know (1991). During this time Walker also began to distinguish herself as an essayist and nonfiction writer with collections on race, feminism, and culture, including In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens (1983) and Living by the Word (1988). Another collection of poetry, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, was released in 2010, followed by her memoir, The Chicken Chronicles, in the spring of 2011. Currently, Walker lives in Northern California, and spends much
for most as a child.” Years after her tenant farming childhood, Walker is happy to have a place she can truly call home. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this ebook onscreen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, downloaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information