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Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete

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In Her Preface to this collection Alice Walker expresses surprise that she has been writing poetry for more than a quarter of a century -- since the summer of 1965 when she traveled to East Africa and began writing the poems that would form her first volume. Here, in an inspiring compilation of her earlier poetry, Walker offers a historical perspective on the political and spiritual issues spanning three decades of injustice, perseverance, and hope. Revelatory introductions to each group of poems become essential...
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Overview

In Her Preface to this collection Alice Walker expresses surprise that she has been writing poetry for more than a quarter of a century -- since the summer of 1965 when she traveled to East Africa and began writing the poems that would form her first volume. Here, in an inspiring compilation of her earlier poetry, Walker offers a historical perspective on the political and spiritual issues spanning three decades of injustice, perseverance, and hope. Revelatory introductions to each group of poems become essential threads in the tapestry that is Alice Walker, tightly weaving a special insight into the evolving consciousness of one of the most remarkable and provocative literary voices of our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156028615
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/5/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Best-selling novelist ALICE WALKER is the author of five other novels, five collections of short stories, six collections of essays, seven volumes of poetry, including the most recent Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, and several children’s books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages.

Biography

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple, which was preceded by The Third Life of Grange Copeland and Meridian. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Alice Malsenior Walker (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Mendocino, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 9, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Eatonton, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965; attended Spelman College, 1961-63

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Once 1
Introduction 3
African Images, Glimpses from a Tiger's Back 7
Love 53
Karamojongs 63
Once 72
Chic Freedom's Reflection 96
South: The Name of Home 99
Hymn 103
The Democratic Order: Such Things in Twenty Years I Understood 106
They Who Feel Death 107
On being asked to leave a place of honor for one of comfort; preferably in the northern suburbs 108
The Enemy 109
Compulsory Chapel 110
To the Man in the Yellow Terry 112
The Kiss 115
What Ovid Taught Me 116
Mornings / of an impossible love 118
So We've Come at Last to Freud 124
Johann 126
The Smell of Lebanon 129
Warning 131
The Black Prince 132
Medicine 133
Ballad of the brown girl 135
Suicide 137
Excuse 138
To die before one wakes must be glad 139
Exercises on Themes from Life 142
Revolutionary Petunias & Other Poems 151
Introduction 153
In These Dissenting Times ... Surrounding Ground and Autobiography 155
i. The Old Men Used to Sing 157
ii. Winking at a Funeral 158
iii. Women 159
iv. Three Dollars Cash 161
v. You Had to Go to Funerals 162
vi. Uncles 164
vii. They Take a Little Nip 166
viii. Sunday School, Circa 1950 168
Burial 169
For My Sister Molly Who in the Fifties 175
Eagle Rock 180
Baptism 183
J, My Good Friend (another foolish innocent) 184
View from Rosehill Cemetery: Vicksburg 185
Revolutionary Petunias ... The Living Through 188
Revolutionary Petunias 189
Expect Nothing 191
Be Nobody's Darling 193
Reassurance 195
Nothing Is Right 198
Crucifixions 199
Black Mail 200
Lonely Particular 202
Perfection 204
The Girl Who Died #1 205
Ending 206
Lost My Voice? Of Course 207
The Girl Who Died #2 208
The Old Warrior Terror 210
Judge Every One with Perfect Calm 211
The QPP 212
He Said Come 213
Mysteries ... The Living Beyond 214
Mysteries 216
Gift 221
Clutter-up People 222
Thief 224
Will 225
Rage 226
Storm 227
What the Finger Writes 228
Forbidden Things 229
No Fixed Place 230
New Face 231
The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom 232
While Love Is Unfashionable 233
Beyond What 234
The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom 235
Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning 237
Introduction 239
Confession 243
Did This Happen to Your Mother? Did Your Sister Throw Up a Lot? 244
More Love to His Life 247
Gift 249
Never Offer Your Heart to Someone Who Eats Hearts 251
Threatened 253
My Husband Says 255
Confession 257
The Instant of Our Parting 258
He Said 259
The Last Time 260
After the Shrink 261
At First 262
On Stripping Bark from Myself ... 263
Janie Crawford 264
Moody 265
Now That the Book Is Finished 266
Having Eaten Two Pillows 267
Light baggage 268
On Stripping Bark from Myself 270
Early Losses: a Requiem 272
Early Losses: a Requiem 273
In Uganda an Early King 281
Forgive Me If My Praises 283
The Abduction of Saints 288
Malcolm 291
Facing the Way 292
(In answer to your silly question) 293
Streaking (a phenomenon following the sixties) 294
"'Women of Color' Have Rarely Had The Opportunity to Write About Their Love Affairs" 295
Facing the way 298
Talking to my grandmother who died poor (while hearing Richard Nixon declare "I am not a crook.") 300
January 10, 1973 302
Forgiveness 303
Your Soul Shines 304
Forgiveness 305
Even as I hold you 306
"Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning" 307
Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful 309
Introduction 311
Remember? 317
These Mornings of Rain 319
First, They Said 322
Listen 324
S M 326
The Diamonds on Liz's Bosom 328
We Alone 329
Attentiveness 330
1971 331
Every Morning 333
How Poems Are Made: A Discredited View 335
Mississippi Winter I 337
Mississippi Winter II 338
Mississippi Winter III 339
Mississippi Winter IV 340
Love is not concerned 341
She said 342
Walker 343
Killers 344
Songless 345
A Few Sirens 348
Poem at Thirty-nine 351
I Said to Poetry 353
Gray 356
Overnights 358
My Daughter Is Coming! 360
When Golda Meir Was in Africa 362
If "Those People" Like You 364
On Sight 366
I'm Really Very Fond 368
Representing the Universe 369
Family of 371
Each One, Pull One 374
Who? 378
Without Commercials 379
No One Can Watch the Wasichu 384
The Thing Itself 387
Torture 389
Well 390
Song 394
These Days 396
We Have a Beautiful Mother: Previously Uncollected Poems 407
My Heart Has Reopened to You 411
Some Things I Like about My Triple Bloods 416
Telling 418
Pagan 420
Natural Star 422
If There Was Any Justice 424
Beast 430
Ndebele 432
We Have a Map of the World 436
The Right to Life 442
Armah 449
The Awakening 452
A woman is not a potted plant 454
Winnie Mandela We Love You 456
We Have a Beautiful Mother 459
Once, Again 461
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    Simply Beautiful

    Alice Walker is the most amazing author i have ever read. She has the ability to connect with her audience and leave them with a feeling of extraordinary self-worth after. This collection of poems is the epitome of her work, and fully expresses every emotion professed in her other works. Anyone who says she is not all she is cracked up to be is obviously not priviledged enough to enjoy the satisfaction one gets from reading such astounding work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    A book every woman should read!!

    This collection of Walker's poetry is both a tribute and a triumph to women. Within the pages of this book Walker expertly tackles the most difficut of subjects (abortion, death, sexuality) with a beauty and grace that only she can bring. This is a must read for any woman who has ever felt as if her feeling don't count. Once you read this book you'll never look at the word around you the same way. Walker's style and excellence will linger in you mind and leave you wanting more.

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