Revolutionary Petunias And Other Poems
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The love poems of an author caught up in a hopeful and sometimes violent upheaval When Alice Walker published her second collection of poems in 1976, she had spent the previous decade deeply immersed in the civil rights movement. In these verses are her most visceral reactions to a moment in history that would shape the country, and that she herself influenced through words and advocacy. In hymns to ancestors, passionate polemics, and laments for lost possibilities, Walker addresses the problems of the past while keeping an eye on the possibilities of the future. Even in the midst of the call for change, these poems reveal a deep yearning for individual connection to others, as well as a deeply personal connection to nature. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
as fields. Came to fields to plow. Cotton to chop. Potatoes to dig. Came to multiple measles, chickenpox, and croup. Came to water from springs. Came to leaning houses one story high. Came to rivalries. Saturday night battles. Came to straightened hair, Noxzema, and feet washing at the Hardshell Baptist church. Came to zinnias around the woodpile. Came to grandchildren not of her blood whom she taught to dip snuff without sneezing. ____________ Came to death blank, forgetful of it
wails for reassurance of your mighty right. Ride up and down the gorges on your horse collecting scalps. Your creed is simple, and even true: We learn from each other by doing. Period. Judge every one with perfect calm. Stand this man here and that one there; mouths begging open holes. Let them curtsey into the ditch dug before them. They will not recall tomorow your judgment of today. The QPP The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout. Who tell
Let us gather blossoms under fire. Beyond What We reach for destinies beyond what we have come to know and in the romantic hush of promises perceive each the other’s life as known mystery. Shared. But inviolate. No melting. No squeezing into One. We swing our eyes around as well as side to side to see the world. To choose, renounce, this, or that— call it a council between equals call it love. The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom Rebellious. Living. Against the Elemental
Crush. A Song of Color Blooming For Deserving Eyes. Blooming Gloriously For its Self. Revolutionary Petunia. A Biography of Alice Walker Alice Walker (b. 1944), one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. Walker was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, which she won in 1983 for her novel The Color Purple, also a National Book Award winner. Walker has also contributed to American culture
remained a dedicated political activist since the 1960s, when she returned to the South after graduating from Sarah Lawrence to help register black voters. Recently, she was arrested with fellow California-based author Maxine Hong Kingston in Washington, DC, during a protest against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. “My activism—cultural, political, spiritual—is rooted in my love of nature and my delight in human beings,” Walker explains. Walker with celebrated historian Howard Zinn, who taught one of