A Poem Traveled Down My Arm: Poems and Drawings by Alice WalkerIn this illuminating book, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist and acclaimed poet Alice Walker reveals her remarkable philosophy of life. Curiously, this labor of love started with the author’s signature: Faced with the daunting task of providing autographs for multiple copies of one of her poetry collections, Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth, Walker turned an act of repetition into an act of inspiration. For each autograph became something more than a name: a thoughtful reflection, an impromptu sketch, a heartfelt poem. The result is this spontaneous burst of the unexpected. A Poem Traveled Down My Arm is a lovely collection of insights and drawings—by turns charming and humorous, provocative and profound—that represent the wisdom of one of today’s most beloved writers.
The essence of Walker’s independent spirit emanates from words and images that are simple but deep in meaning. An empowering approach to life...the inspiration to live completely in the moment...the chance to nurture one’s creativity and peace of mind—all these beautiful elements are evoked by this unusual and original book.
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Alice Walker born February 9, is an American novelist , short story writer, poet , and social activist. An avowed feminist , Walker coined the term " womanist " to mean "A black feminist or feminist of color" in Walker, the youngest of eight children, was first enrolled in school when she was just four years old at East Putnam Consolidated. When eight, Walker sustained an injury to her right eye after one of her brothers fired a BB gun. It was after the injury to her eye that Walker began to take up reading and writing. As the schools in Eatonton were segregated, Walker attended the only high school available to blacks: Butler Baker High School. Walker wrote the poems of her first book of poetry, Once , while she was a student in East Africa and during her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College.
Alice Walker "is one of the country's best-selling writers of literary fiction," according to Renee Tawa in the Los Angeles Times. Her literary reputation was secured with her Pulitzer Prize-winning third novel, The Color Purple, which was transformed into a popular film by Steven Spielberg. Upon the release of the novel in , critics sensed that Walker had created something special. Judging from the critical enthusiasm for The Color Purple, Steinem's words have proved prophetic. Walker "has succeeded," as Andrea Ford noted in the Detroit Free Press, "in creating a jewel of a novel. Prescott presented a similar opinion in a Newsweek review.
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The legendary author, poet, essayist and teacher would have turned years old Sunday, July 7. A day after what would have been her birthday, the woman who wrote of the black experience was honored with a Mississippi Writers Trail marker on the campus of Jackson State University. The marker stands in front of Ayers Hall, an institute she founded for the study of the African-American experience. The book was published in and is a story based on the life of her great grandmother, a bi-racial slave. It is set during the Civil War.
Alice Walker born February 9, is a writer and activist, perhaps best known as the author of "The Color Purple " and more than 20 other books and poetry collections. Her parents were sharecroppers who worked on a large cotton farm during the days of Jim Crow. Recognizing Alice's abilities at a very young age, her mother got the 4-year old into first grade at East Putnam Consolidated, where she quickly became a star pupil. In , a childhood accident blinded her in one eye. Medical conditions in the Jim Crow south meant she did not get proper medical treatment until six years later when she visited her brother in Boston, Massachusetts. Nevertheless, she went on to become valedictorian of her class at Butler-Baker High School.