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Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth

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Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth

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In this exquisite book, Alice Walker's first new collection of poetry since 1991, are poems that reaffirm her as "one of the best American writers of today" (The Washington Post). The forces of nature and the strength of the human spirit inspire the poems in Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth. Alice Walker opens us to feeling and understanding, with poems that cover a broad spectrum of emotions. With profound artistry, Walker searches for, discovers, and declares the
fundamental beauty of existence, as she explores what it means to experience life fully, to learn from it, and to grow both as an individual and as part of a greater spiritual community.

About Walker's Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful,America said, "In the tradition of Whitman, Walker sings, celebrates and agonizes over the ordinary vicissitudes that link and separate all of humankind," and the same can be said about this astonishing new collection, Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

In this exquisite book, Alice Walker's first new collection of poetry since 1991, are poems that reaffirm her as "one of the best American writers of today" (The Washington Post). The forces of nature and the strength of the human spirit inspire the poems in Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth. Alice Walker opens us to feeling and understanding, with poems that cover a broad spectrum of emotions. With profound artistry, Walker searches for, discovers, and declares the
fundamental beauty of existence, as she explores what it means to experience life fully, to learn from it, and to grow both as an individual and as part of a greater spiritual community.

About Walker's Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful,America said, "In the tradition of Whitman, Walker sings, celebrates and agonizes over the ordinary vicissitudes that link and separate all of humankind," and the same can be said about this astonishing new collection, Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    I Can Worship YouI Can Worship You

    I can worship You

    But I cannot give You everything.

    If you cannot

    Adore

    This body.

    If you cannot

    Put your lips

    To my

    Clear water.

    If you cannot

    Rub bellies

    With

    My sun.

    The Love of Bodies

    Dearest One

    Of flesh & bone

    There is in

    My memory

    Such a delight

    In the recent feel of your warm body;

    Your flesh, and remembrance of the miracle

    Of bone,

    The structure of Your sturdy knee.

    The softness of your belly

    Curves

    My hand;

    Your back

    Warms me.

    Your tush, seen bottomless,

    Is like a small,

    Undefended Country

    In which is grown Yellow Melons.

    It is such a blessing

    To be born

    Into these;

    And what a use

    To put

    Them to.

    To hold,

    To cherish,

    To delight.

    The tree next door

    Is losing

    Its body

    Today.

    They are cutting

    It down, piece

    By heavy piece

    Returning,

    With a thud,

    To The earth.

    May she know peace

    Eternal Returning to

    Her source

    And

    That her beauty

    Lofty

    Intimate

    With air & fog

    Was seen

    And bowed to

    Until this Transition.

    I send love

    And gratitude

    That Life

    Sent you

    (And her)

    To spend

    This time

    With me.

    After the bombing of 9/11, September 25, 2001

    From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author-
  • ALICE WALKER won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile and Possessing the Secret of Joy. She is also the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five previous volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in northern California.

    From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews-
  • Poetry, about Once "A sensitive, spirited, and intelligent poet. Feeling is channeled into a style that is direct and sharp....Wit and tenderness combine into humanity."
  • Denise Levertov, author of Life in the Forest, About Good Night, Willie Lee, and I'll See You in the Morning "In these poems there's the power of a mind's concentrated passion....Walker's language moves among griefs, loves, hopes....There's a compassion in the poems that is not only painfully earned but has, each time, to be earned over again--and it is this that gives it its authenticity."
  • San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, about You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down "[Alice Walker] is exceptionally brave: She takes on subjects at which most writers would flinch and quail, and probably fail. She shrinks from no moral or emotional complexity....In Walker's work nothing is ordinary....She is a marvelous writer."
  • Booklist "Graceful in their spirituality, openness to experience, and rueful humor, Walker's poems revolve around love and gratitude for the earth."
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer "The overall effect is that of listening to a wise woman--the 'apprentice elder'... whose gift to us is a vision of wholeness and delight in the world."
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