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A Poem Traveled Down My Arm: Poems and Drawings by Alice Walker

By Alice Walker

During this illuminating publication, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist and acclaimed poet Alice Walker unearths her notable philosophy of lifestyles. interestingly, this exertions of affection began with the author’s signature: confronted with the daunting job of delivering autographs for a number of copies of 1 of her poetry collections, Absolute belief within the Goodness of the Earth, Walker grew to become an act of repetition into an act of idea.

For every one autograph grew to become whatever greater than a reputation: a considerate mirrored image, an impromptu caricature, a heartfelt poem. the result's this spontaneous burst of the unforeseen. A Poem Traveled Down My Arm is a beautiful choice of insights and drawings—by turns fascinating and funny, provocative and profound—that characterize the knowledge of 1 of today’s so much cherished writers.

The essence of Walker’s autonomous spirit emanates from phrases and photographs which are basic yet deep in that means. An empowering method of life...the thought to stay thoroughly within the moment...the likelihood to nurture one’s creativity and peace of mind—all those appealing components come to mind by means of this strange and unique book.

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Connelly, the overseer, made himself scarce every Sunday, when he summoned whatever slave gal he’d made his wife that month. The white men were silent. As if they’d given up or decided that a small freedom was the worst punishment of all, presenting the bounty of true freedom into painful relief. One day Jockey was bound to choose the correct day of his birth. If he lived long enough. If that was true, then if Cora picked a day for her birthday every now and then she might hit upon hers as well.

Noble and his tambourine were nowhere to be seen. James pressed his lips into a slit. He gestured and the men started playing. Terrance tapped his cane. His face sank as he took in the crowd. “You’re not going to dance? I have to insist. ” They didn’t wait for their master’s signal. The slaves of the northern half converged on the alley, haltingly, trying to insinuate themselves into their previous rhythm and put on a show. Crooked Ava had not lost her power to dissemble since her days of harassing Cora—she hooted and stomped as if it were the height of the Christmas celebrations.

Some wives were happier at the prospect of marital relations than others. Lovey giggled. “I’d wrestle with him,” she said, nodding at Major. Major looked up as if he heard her. He was turning out to be a prime buck. Worked hard and rarely forced the bosses to raise the whip. He was respectful to Lovey because of her age and it wouldn’t surprise if Connelly arranged a match one day. The young man and his opponent twisted in the grass. Take it out on each other if you cannot take it out on the ones who deserve it.

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