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

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

by Alice Walker

Paperback(First Edition)

$25.99
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, September 25

Overview

Walker’s complete poems, including new and previously unpublished verse, collected for the first time-with author’s notes that provide historical perspective on spiritual and political issues of the last three decades.
 
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 9-10, Poetry)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156028615
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 1,233,267
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

ALICE WALKER is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1983 and the National Book Award.

Hometown:

Mendocino, California

Date of Birth:

February 9, 1944

Place of Birth:

Eatonton, Georgia

Education:

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965; attended Spelman College, 1961-63

Table of Contents

Prefacexv
Once1
Introduction3
African Images, Glimpses from a Tiger's Back7
Love53
Karamojongs63
Once72
Chic Freedom's Reflection96
South: The Name of Home99
Hymn103
The Democratic Order: Such Things in Twenty Years I Understood106
They Who Feel Death107
On being asked to leave a place of honor for one of comfort; preferably in the northern suburbs108
The Enemy109
Compulsory Chapel110
To the Man in the Yellow Terry112
The Kiss115
What Ovid Taught Me116
Mornings / of an impossible love118
So We've Come at Last to Freud124
Johann126
The Smell of Lebanon129
Warning131
The Black Prince132
Medicine133
Ballad of the brown girl135
Suicide137
Excuse138
To die before one wakes must be glad139
Exercises on Themes from Life142
Revolutionary Petunias & Other Poems151
Introduction153
In These Dissenting Times ... Surrounding Ground and Autobiography155
i.The Old Men Used to Sing157
ii.Winking at a Funeral158
iii.Women159
iv.Three Dollars Cash161
v.You Had to Go to Funerals162
vi.Uncles164
vii.They Take a Little Nip166
viii.Sunday School, Circa 1950168
Burial169
For My Sister Molly Who in the Fifties175
Eagle Rock180
Baptism183
J, My Good Friend (another foolish innocent)184
View from Rosehill Cemetery: Vicksburg185
Revolutionary Petunias ... The Living Through188
Revolutionary Petunias189
Expect Nothing191
Be Nobody's Darling193
Reassurance195
Nothing Is Right198
Crucifixions199
Black Mail200
Lonely Particular202
Perfection204
The Girl Who Died #1205
Ending206
Lost My Voice? Of Course207
The Girl Who Died #2208
The Old Warrior Terror210
Judge Every One with Perfect Calm211
The QPP212
He Said Come213
Mysteries ... The Living Beyond214
Mysteries216
Gift221
Clutter-up People222
Thief224
Will225
Rage226
Storm227
What the Finger Writes228
Forbidden Things229
No Fixed Place230
New Face231
The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom232
While Love Is Unfashionable233
Beyond What234
The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom235
Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning237
Introduction239
Confession243
Did This Happen to Your Mother? Did Your Sister Throw Up a Lot?244
More Love to His Life247
Gift249
Never Offer Your Heart to Someone Who Eats Hearts251
Threatened253
My Husband Says255
Confession257
The Instant of Our Parting258
He Said259
The Last Time260
After the Shrink261
At First262
On Stripping Bark from Myself ...263
Janie Crawford264
Moody265
Now That the Book Is Finished266
Having Eaten Two Pillows267
Light baggage268
On Stripping Bark from Myself270
Early Losses: a Requiem272
Early Losses: a Requiem273
In Uganda an Early King281
Forgive Me If My Praises283
The Abduction of Saints288
Malcolm291
Facing the Way292
(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 way298
Talking to my grandmother who died poor (while hearing Richard Nixon declare "I am not a crook.")300
January 10, 1973302
Forgiveness303
Your Soul Shines304
Forgiveness305
Even as I hold you306
"Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning"307
Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful309
Introduction311
Remember?317
These Mornings of Rain319
First, They Said322
Listen324
S M326
The Diamonds on Liz's Bosom328
We Alone329
Attentiveness330
1971331
Every Morning333
How Poems Are Made: A Discredited View335
Mississippi Winter I337
Mississippi Winter II338
Mississippi Winter III339
Mississippi Winter IV340
Love is not concerned341
She said342
Walker343
Killers344
Songless345
A Few Sirens348
Poem at Thirty-nine351
I Said to Poetry353
Gray356
Overnights358
My Daughter Is Coming!360
When Golda Meir Was in Africa362
If "Those People" Like You364
On Sight366
I'm Really Very Fond368
Representing the Universe369
Family of371
Each One, Pull One374
Who?378
Without Commercials379
No One Can Watch the Wasichu384
The Thing Itself387
Torture389
Well390
Song394
These Days396
We Have a Beautiful Mother: Previously Uncollected Poems407
My Heart Has Reopened to You411
Some Things I Like about My Triple Bloods416
Telling418
Pagan420
Natural Star422
If There Was Any Justice424
Beast430
Ndebele432
We Have a Map of the World436
The Right to Life442
Armah449
The Awakening452
A woman is not a potted plant454
Winnie Mandela We Love You456
We Have a Beautiful Mother459
Once, Again461

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.