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Book Title: Goodnight Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning|
The author of the book: Alice Walker
Edition: The Women's Press
Date of issue: November 1st 1987
Loaded: 1992 times
Reader ratings: 3.6
ISBN 13: 9780704340633
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 490 KB
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Confession time: I am afraid of reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I've watched the movie adaptation when I was way too young and remained traumatized since then by the brutality of the story. I'm not sure if I'm going to face my fear in 2018 but I, at least, wanted to check out something else by her, which is why I settled with Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning.
I didn't even know that Alice Walker was a poet as well as a novelist. This little collection of her words really spoke to me. Therefore, I'll be checking out the other three collections that were published by the Women's Press. Her poems are beautifully vivid, spiritual (but not in a preachy way!) and sensual. Walker reflects her relationships and her personal growth (and how it's intertwined with the long tradition of strong, naive, suffering women in her family). I love a man who is not worth
Did this happen to your mother?
Did your grandmother wake up
for no good reason
in the middle of the night?
I thought love could be controlled.
Only behaviour can be controlled.
By biting your tongue purple
rather than speak. It becomes very apparent how much Walker was influenced by Hurston. Not only did she write and dedicate poems about/to her. The theme of women overcoming their apprehensions about speaking up and putting themselves first threads itself through Walker's poetry. Her cry of 'Having no rights. No claims / to make, I could not even coherently / protest.' could have been uttered by Janie as well as she saw herself powerless against the overbearing nature of Joe Starks. Not even mentioning the fact that Walker actually wrote a poem about Janie Crawford and how she freed herself from her husbands who wanted to use her in different ways. Gotta love these women!
Reading Walker's poetry felt oddly intrusive. She didn't hold anything back. She layed herself bare in her poetry which is an incredibly brave thing to do. I haven't educated myself yet on Walker's biography but I'm definitely interested in researching more about her work and personal life. She seems to be such a fascinating woman! At first I did not fight it.
I loved the suffering.
It was being alive!
It was my friend Gloria
who saved me. Whose glance said 'Really,
you've got to be kidding. Other
women have already done this
sort of suffering for you,
or so I thought.' Funnily enough, I also just finished a collection of poetry by Audre Lorde (a contemporary of Walker's) and I was surprised at how similar their messages and ways of writing were, yet how I clicked more with Walker than I did with Lorde. Both women write in a very straight-forward style. They don't try to mask their messages with flowery words or overblown metaphors. Both of them stress the bond (Black) women share with each other and how our strength is build on sisterhood. I think I prefer Walker's words since she seems more humble and laid-back to me. Lorde was quite the intense woman (and she had every right to be but it pulled me out of her poetry at times).
Anyways, I liked the intertextual references in Walker's poetry and that she uplifted the voices of other Black female writers. Apart from Hurston, she also praised the work of Bessie Head, Nella Larson (two queens I definitely want to read from in 2018) and Lorraine Hansberry (a queen I'm already familiar with and love). She also worked her way through Black male pioneers of the 20th century like fellow poet Jean Toomer or Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
By the way, just like Lorde she appreciated the shift in Malcolm's ideology toward the end of his life where he distanced himself from the patriarchal attitude preached by the Nation of Islam and stressed the importance of independent women: that you learned to prefer
all women free
and enjoyed a joke
and loved to laugh. In conclusion, I was deeply moved by Walker's poems. The ways she dealt with her father's death, the terror and fear inflicted upon her by raising little black children in a world that had considered no place for them. Her anger and her suffering shone through her poetry and made me connect to her on a visceral level. All in all, I would recommend her poetry (even if it's a little unconventional in style since it's more conversational and colloquial).
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Read information about the authorAlice Walker, one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.
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