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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.

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"A sensitive, spirited, and intelligent poet. Feeling is channeled into a style that is direct and sharp....Wit and tenderness combine into humanity."
--Poetry, about Once

"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."
--Denise Levertov, author of Life in the Forest, About Good Night, Willie Lee, and I'll See You in the Morning

"[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."
--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, about You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down

"Graceful in their spirituality, openness to experience, and rueful humor, Walker's poems revolve around love and gratitude for the earth."
--Booklist

"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."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

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.

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