Long Walks and Intimate Talks: Stories, Poems and Paintings

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   This first collaboration of two long-time feminist and antiwar activists is a wonderful melding of word and image that creates a powerful call for world peace. Paley's poems and short fiction and William's vivid watercolors depict the beauty and dignity of "ordinary" lives from El Salvador to the Bronx, from New Hampshire to Vietnam. Scenes and stories of domestic life, solitude, and nature are interspersed with heart-wrenching images of women widowed and children crippled by war and ...
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   This first collaboration of two long-time feminist and antiwar activists is a wonderful melding of word and image that creates a powerful call for world peace. Paley's poems and short fiction and William's vivid watercolors depict the beauty and dignity of "ordinary" lives from El Salvador to the Bronx, from New Hampshire to Vietnam. Scenes and stories of domestic life, solitude, and nature are interspersed with heart-wrenching images of women widowed and children crippled by war and incarcerated by urban poverty, Here, too, are stories and paintings of protest, joyous and defiant.

Originally published in part as a calendar to benefit the War Resisters League, this gorgeously packaged book provides 365 reasons not to have another war. Paley's poems and short fiction--including material published here for the first time--are perfectly complemented by Williams' 30 vivid watercolors.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With the hope that their work will, ``by its happiness and sadness, demonstrate against militarists, racists, earth poisoners, and women haters,'' Paley ( Later the Same Day ) and Williams ( A Chair for My Mother ) have created a book that speaks of the injustices of a world spinning out of control. Paley's poems and prose pieces tell of her crusades against the draft during the Vietnam War, against a nuclear power plant in Seabrook, N.H., and against our patriarchal goverment's ``deep proprietary interest'' in ``the womb, the cervix, the belly, the vagina, the entire female body.'' The prose pieces can hardly be called stories. Some are vignettes of Paley's experiences at various protest rallies; others are conversations between opposing political mouthpieces. As impressive as Paley's lifelong devotion to social causes is, the reader still desires more in the way of enlivening characters and wordplay. The poems, particularly those depicting the tragedy of the Mothers of the Disappeared in Latin America, have an aching, bittersweet quality, yet their themes are underdeveloped. Williams's bright and cheery paintings, of the type found in a children's book, seem strangely out of place in such a serious milieu. (Aug.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781558610446
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Women & Peace Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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Grace Paley is a cooperative anarchist and combative pacifist. She has taught at Columbia University, Syracuse University, City College and Sarah Lawrence College. In 1989, she was named the first official New York State Writer. Her many publications include Later the Same Day, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, The Little Disturbances of Man, and Leaning Forward.
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