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Rise, Grandma
the water
is rising
It's dark;
I can't see
Lead the way.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS

We have to live
differently

or we
will die
in the same

old ways.

Therefore
I call on all Grand Mothers
everywhere
on the planet
to rise
and take your place
in the leadership
of the world

Come out
of the kitchen
out of the
fields
out of the
beauty parlors
out of the
television

Step forward
& assume
the role
for which
you were
created:
To lead humanity
to health, happiness
& sanity.

I call on
all the
Grand Mothers
of Earth
& every person
who possesses
the Grand Mother
spirit
of respect for
life
&
protection of
the young
to rise
& lead.

The life of
our species
depends
on it.

& I call on all men
of Earth
to gracefully
and
gratefully

stand aside
& let them
(let us)
do so.

Calling All Grand Mothers
Alice Walker
RISE & LEAD

On reading her work, we find the courage to reach into our
own suffering and to draw out the beauty there. Alice
Walker’s willingness to share her life at the depths calls us to
look at our own lives and relationships and to consider: How
are we living? What is our response to those who hate us?
How are we to respond to the cruelty of the world? Alice
encourages those around her, and her readers, to find peace
amid the chaos, to go deeper into ourselves where “the body
& the soul / come back / together.”
~ SHILOH McCLOUD, EXCERPT FROM THE FORWARD, HARD TIMES REQUIRE
FURIOUS DANCING, NEW WORLD LIBRARY, USA, 2010.

The other thought is that this is the time for poetry: All the
changes in life draw poetry from us, those of us who are in
touch with it. It's direct even sometimes when you have to
turn it upside down to understand it. There's still something
embedded in it that directness [that leads] to the heart.
Especially in times of revolution and times of great upheaval
and change. And it just does that naturally. You don't have to
play around wondering when it's going to come. It moves the
people. It's just right there.
~ ALICE WALKER, INTERVIEW WITH ABDUL ALI, THE ATLANTIC, MARCH 20,
2012.
SHINE ON
ERIC BIBB
ALICE WALKER - poet,
writer, and activist -
was born in the
southeastern state of
Georgia in 1944.

Famous for her
Pulitzer Prize winning
1982 novel,
The Color
Purple
, she started
her literary career as
a poet at the age of
seven or eight.

After attending
college in Atlanta and
New York, Walker
worked as a social
worker, teacher, and
lecturer.

In the 1960s, she
became active in the
Civil Rights
Movement. Her
experiences gave rise
to her first poetry
collection,
Once,
published in 1968.

In addition to her
numerous best-selling
works of literary
fiction, Walker has
also published eight
collections of poetry.

Her poetry collections
include:
~
Once (1968)
~
Revolutionary
Petunias & Other
Poems
(1973)
~
Good Night, Willie
Lee, I'll See You in the
Morning
(1979)
~
Horses Make a
Landscape Look More
Beautiful
(1984)
~
Her Blue Body
Everything We Know:
Earthling Poems

(1991)
~
Absolute Trust in
the Goodness of the
Earth
(2003)
~
Hard Times Require
Furious Dancing

(2010)
~
The World Will
Follow Joy: Turning
Madness into Flowers

(2013)

AWARDS include:
~ Pulitzer Prize in
Fiction 1983
~ National Book Award
1983
~ Inductee into the
California Hall of
Fame 2006
~ Lennon/Ono Peace
Grant in Iceland
~ Mahmoud Darwish
Literary Prize for
Fiction 2016
AMERICAN POET
WATCH & LISTEN
ALICE WALKER
TALKS AT GOOGLE
CALIFORNIA
OCTOBER 2010

Conversation and
Readings from her
Book of Poetry
Hard Times Require
Furious Dancing

DURATION: 57:30 MINUTES
From Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, New World
Library, California, USA, 2010.

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