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Book Title: Revolutionary Petunias & Other Poems|
The author of the book: Alice Walker
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Edition: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
Date of issue: 1973
ISBN 13: 9780151770908
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The size of the: 820 KB
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I read this in Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete.
This was not as good as Once, but it was a worthwhile read. Walker uses her time in the South and her activity in the Voter Registration campaign as a backdrop for this collection. She also draws on the early stages of her relationship with Melvyn Leventhal, whom she met at about the same time, and these two aspects combine into a focus on love and revolution and how they interact. The poems were heartfelt and honest, but seemed to be (for the most part) missing a musicality that she achieved in much of Once. The poems were, again, typically short free-verse compositions, but many of these were lacking in attention to sound and shape, feeling more like incredibly brief essays than anything else. There were a few experiments with rhyme and meter, like "Eagle Rock", but most of these seemed forced.
In terms of content, these poems were extremely powerful, and the imagery of funerals, death, and flowers gives the book an element of unity and reminds us how change can be slow and dangerous, but the best of it needs some beauty and love to take hold. Walker captures place very effectively in poems like the numbered pieces in the section "In These Dissenting Times" and in "Burial" and the attitudes of love and revolution in "Revolutionary Petunias", "For My Sister Molly Who in the Fifties" (one of my favorites), and "Forbidden Things", but on the whole the poems of Revolutionary Petunias did not sing the way they could have done.
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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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