2 by Alice Walker

Once: Poems
Copyright 1968
Checked out 1 time in 22 years
Last checked out 10 years ago

Good Night Willie Lee, I’ll See You in the Morning
Copyright 1979
Checked out 2 times in 22 years
Last checked out 10 years ago

Alice Walker published books of poetry before she published books of fiction, but we associate her with her fiction and essays, especially her Pulitzer Prize winning The Color Purple. Apparently, people aren’t crossing over to her poetry. Alice Walker is an activist and an advocate for the things she feels strongly about. That aspect of her personality is clear in Once: Poems. It could almost be called a memoir in poems of the struggles for racial equality in the 60s. As such, it has historical value, but as I’ve mentioned before, people don’t often go to the poetry shelves to gather material for their history papers.  Good Night Willie Lee, I’ll See You in the Morning, focuses more on relationships than the earlier Once, but there are still poems focusing on the American political/social scene. Regardless, people in Albertville don’t seem interested in Walker’s poetry. I recommend letting these volumes go in hopes of their finding a happy home in someone’s personal library.

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