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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 covIn 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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Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems Reviews

  • Carol
    2019-01-18 07:16

    Honest. Deeply introspective. Embracing all of life. On Some Things to Enjoy About Aging--The dignityofSilver:New lightAround myHead.Forgetfulness:So much lessTo recall!Talking to myself:Amusing companyFor me &My dog.There is so much in this little book. Very powerful.Also very cool is this book has her signature -- example

  • Ananya Ghosh
    2019-02-08 07:29

    Even though this one is supposed to be more popular and more appreciated, I liked A Poem Traveled Down My Arms more. I want to give this one 3.5 but I didn't want to down-rate it, so I had to give 4. I did love quite a few poems from this too, and they were also in blank verse, without rhyme or definite structure, but the words sometimes flowed beautifully, and I really loved it. The poems in this collection were bigger, running to 4-5 pages as well, and were categorised, and personal. I loved the one about the native American woman preacher. I feel like these poems reveal Alice as a person and that I should have read this after exploring a little more of her novel writing. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it.

  • Sara
    2019-02-07 11:04

    My love for Alice Walker’s writing began back in 1995 when I wrote about The Colour Purple as part of my dissertation. It remains one of my favourite books of all time. I came across this 2004 publication more recently. I was in the library, supposedly working on my own book, but instead I spent the morning devouring these poems.I loved the whole book, but would particularly recommend: ‘Coming Back from Seeing Your People’; ‘What Will Save Us’; ‘Thanksgiving’; ‘(Yours and Mine) Is Obsolete’; and ‘You Too Can Look, Smell, Dress, Act This Way’.I’m in awe of the way Alice Walker can convey panoramic landscapes of emotion within just a few words. She shines an unerring light on the subtle corners of living, revealing that what we consider unimportant might be far more significant than it first appears. Most of all, I love the fact that despite her unflinching consideration of pain and suffering, I always walk away from her writing feeling uplifted.

  • Susan
    2019-01-29 12:05

    "Despite the hungerwe cannotpossessmorethanthis:Peacein a gardenofour own."

  • Joy
    2019-01-30 06:13

    I was browsing in the library, flipped the book open to this poem, and then sat down and read the whole collection.To be a womanDoes not meanTo wear A shroud;The Feminine Is not DeadNor is sheSleepingAngry, yes,Seething, yes.Biding her time;Yes.Yes.

  • Jason Robinson
    2019-02-10 12:29

    Some good poems, serviceable, but an average collection overall.

  • Molly
    2019-02-14 08:21

    (1.5 / 5) "--if poems can actually be called writing... From that first volume [of my poetry] to this, what remains the same is the sense that, unlike 'writing,' poetry chooses when it will be expressed, and under what circumstances. Its requirements for existence remain mysterious. In its spontaneous, bare truthfulness, it bears a close relation to song and to prayer."I wish I could properly unscrew my lens and read this book as I might have in middle or high school, where things such as form and heft of abstraction would not have annoyed me to such a large degree. Reading this felt like reading an undergraduate portfolio. Here are a few poems, all centered down the page:Title: "Where Is That Nail File? Where Are My Glasses? Have You Seen My Car Keys?""Nothing is ever lost / It is only / Misplaced / If we look / We can find / It / Again / Human / Kindness."Title: "The Award""Though not / A contest / Life / Is / The award / & we / Have / Won."Title: "We Are All So Busy""We are all so busy. // We say: I am on fire / To see you / But next week / I'll be way / In Boston / & the / Week after that / I have / An important / Meeting / In Kalamazoo. // Ah, Kalamazoo. // A place / I spend / Far / Too much / Time in / Myself."Or these kinds of phrases: "a playful spin on the / spider's web called the internet"And read a brief paragraph introduction to a poem explaining those who jumped from the World Trade Center, as if the simplicity of the poem weren't enough for the reader to intuit the situation. I found myself wondering if my aversion to this form, after seeing it so many times in my students' work, might have been what made me cringe. After all, I loved Alice Walker's prose; it was hugely important to me. What if Walker had played with lineation? Or just made them left justified? What if they were more compact, like haiku?Consider:Title: "Wrinkles""Wrinkles / Invited by Life / Have / Entered / This house. // Someone / New / Is living / In my / Face."It's the sort of slyness I could smile at. I also loved her use of "Matron saint," and I do appreciate her addressing her grounding on the earth and appreciation of women and goddess invocation.

  • Shannon
    2019-01-31 07:24

    hey! my soul just healed!

  • Rogene Carter
    2019-02-09 06:25

    An absolute treasure.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-28 10:22

    It pains me to rate an Alice Walker book only 2 stars, but this was kind of a weird book of poems-- almost sophomoric. I don't understand the way she breaks up her lines, in most cases it doesn't seem to add to the message of the poem and instead it comes across as distracting.As far as content, I found it just so-so. I hate to say "boring"-- bland maybe? The poems feel too random and diary-like to really feel universal, but I also don't know if I got a good sense of the poet either. I think I mostly just felt, well, bored. I did enjoy the end of her poem "Coming Back From Seeing Your People" very much though:"BelovedYou must learnTo walk aloneTo holdThe preciousSilenceTo bring homeAnd keep the preciousLittleThat is leftOf yourself"

  • Chrissy Branom
    2019-01-28 12:22

    I really didn't care for this poetry book. The main themes are anti-war, anti-military, and anti-men. The poems go from angry to dark, and the tipping point was when she was glad that 9/11 happened because it released us of our arrogant happiness. Basically, every country hates the Americans because we feel safe (hello, one of the best militaries in the world) and we're happy. Ugh. The author is so twisted.

  • Danielle Gilaberte
    2019-01-31 13:31

    It has some nice lines, but it should have more than maybe 10 scattered good lines.

  • Ana
    2019-01-27 08:18

    Alice Walker keeps me light in the air with my feet on the ground, and I am grateful.

  • Catherine
    2019-01-27 14:28

    may have suffered by comparison to the Mary Oliver book I had just read but seemed very predictable & I rarely care for that sort of formatting in poems anyway

  • Taylor Quinn
    2019-02-11 08:27

    Thank you Alice Walker for restoring my faith in just simply being. I couldn't have picked this up at a better time. It is all Just the wayIt is.SometimesLife seizesUp Nothing stirsNothing flowsWe think:ClimbingThis roughtree&All the timeThe rope looped OverA rottenBranch!We think:Why did I choose This pathAnyway?Nothing at The endBut sheer cliff& rock-filled Sea.We do not knowHave no clueWhat moreMight come.It is the same Though With Earth:Every dayShe makes All she canIt is allShe knows it is allShe can possiblyDo.And then, empty, the onlyTime She is flat, She thinks: I amUsed up. It is winter all the timeNow. Nothing much to do But self-destruct. But then,In the night, inThe darknessWe love so muchShe lies down Like the rest of us To sleep& angels comeAs they do To us& give herFresh dreams.(They are really always the old ones, blooming further.)She rises, rolls over, gives herself a couple of new kinds of grain, a few dozen unusual flowers, a playful spin on the spider's web called the internet. Who knows Where the newness to old lifeComes from?SuddenlyIt appears. Babies are caught by hands they assumed were always waiting. Ink streaksFrom thePenLeft dustyOn The shelf.*This is the true wine of astonishment:We are not Over When we thinkWe are. I loved youSo muchThat whenYou leftIt tookA lotTo keep meAlive.Prayer helped. And givingMyself over To emptiness. Years later I sitOn thisBeach Not far From an old Hawaiian KahunaWho teachesAll and sundryHow to cleanTheir bowels.Don't Hold onTo the OldStuff, flush it outShe saysLeis to herEarsPerched Like a divaOn her bright yellow Porch.I gazeThankfully at the seaTime's most faithfulClockAmazed That every traceOf thatOld painYour leaving Stuffed meWithIs washed Clean.

  • Lauren
    2019-02-08 08:20

    In my late teens, I found a poem of Alice Walker’s that resonated with me so strongly that I kept a copy of it on my wall for my entire four years of college.Somehow, in the intervening years, my love of Alice Walker’s poetry slipped from my memory. Indeed, when I picked up this book at the library on a whim, I had totally forgotten that the poem I loved so much in college was even written by Ms. Walker.It wasn’t until I started reading that I fell back in love with Ms. Walker’s lyrical, magical style. There’s something marvelous about finding a forgotten favorite and rediscovering them once again, of realizing your affection hasn’t cooled or become something silly or embarrassing in the intervening years.This is a powerful collection. Some poems stuck with me more than others, and I’d say there were more poems than not that grabbed me with a turn of phrase or a thought. But one thing that surprised me was how the shadow of 9 / 11 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Absolute Trust was published in 2005) hangs over this collection. Reading her poems – remembering my own experiences with those years and how we all seemed to walk around in a haze in the aftermath – I was struck by how long ago all of it feels. And how glad I am the haze is over but that books like Absolute Trust exist to remind us of what was.But the collection is much more than that and worth a read. Highly recommended.

  • AnandaTashie
    2019-01-31 12:16

    I'm a little mixed about this book. I didn't care for the introduction. (Sorry, just can't get behind someone promoting mushrooms / etc, even for spiritual use. :D) I didn't like the composition of the poems at all. As for the actual content, some felt like soap boxes, others were over-simple, and some were very moving. Composition & line breaks aside, here are my favorites:p 26, Despite / the hunger / we cannot / possess / more / than / this: / Peace / in a garden / of / our own.p 78, ... This, I think, / Is wealth. / Just this choosing / Of how / A beautiful day / Is spent.p 119, ... To these ones / Leaping, holding hands / Holding / Their own / I open / My arms. // Everything / It is / Necessary / To understand / They mastered / In the last / Rich / Moments ...p 145, ... Babies are caught by hands they assumed were always / waiting. / Ink streaks / From the / Pen / Left dusty / On / The shelf. // This is the true wine of astonishment: // We are not / Over / When we think / We are. p 183, ... Love your country / By loving / Americans. // Love Americans. // Salute the soul / & the body / Of who we / Spectacularly & / Sometimes / Pitifully are. / Love us. We are / The flag. p 205, ... that we are / as always / on our way / to dust.

  • Harry A
    2019-01-22 12:11

    These are simple yet beautiful poems that express Walker's view clearly. Some of the poems I like best end in a different place than they seem to be going; others involve telling contrasts.'Coming back from seeing your people', for example, starts with a contrast between the effects of seeing 'your people' and of supping with 'vampires'--but doesn't end with the simple preference for seeing your people, but ends instead with needing to 'learn To walk alone To hold The precious Silence To bring home And keep the precious Little That is left Of yourself'. Or 'My friend Yeshi', which more than praising her friend is about what follows times of depletion: 'We are not Over When we think We are'.And I liked the contrast between Jane Goodall and the fake people created by advertising ('You too can look, smell, dress, act this way'). I can't imagine a better role model, or a better contrast to the focus on superficial appearance that's so characteristic of our society.

  • Olivia
    2019-02-02 13:18

    I picked this book up at 1am, after I could do homework no longer. I know this sounds melodramatic, but I was doubting the goodness of the earth. It's been a few days since the attack in Paris, in Beirut, in Baghdad, since the natural disasters around the wrold, since the hate at Mizzou became so public. I was just finishing up a project about hate against queer folks. I was consumed. These poems are honest, and sometimes they talk about shitty things that happen in the world. But they also highlight human experiences, which are beautiful. Alice Walker doesn't have any grandsolution, which is what I want right now. But she has an appeal for human kindnes, which is the truest answer of all.Please, everybody.

  • E
    2019-02-07 06:06

    Like Charles Baudelaire and Sandra Cisneros, Alice Walker is a brilliant writer who can't pull it off when it comes to poetry. Her line breaks are amateurishly arbitrary. And the beautiful balance between heavenly ideals and down-to-earth anguish that she mastered in The Color Purple is replaced here by a hit-you-over-the-head obsession with hippy dippy dogma about peace, meditation, and mushrooms. Her 9/11 poems prove she's still as brilliant a thinker as ever, but as a whole this collection appears to be the result of yet another great writer assuming a bit too confidently that anything she puts down to paper is worthy of sharing.

  • S'hi
    2019-02-13 11:25

    There is something simply powerful about Alice Walker’s poetry. The ordinariness of many of the scenes depicted, make them all the more powerful for their relevance, their ability to be experienced directly, even with the strangers who are her friends.Then, there is the ordinary language that helps digest the inexplicable, the incomprehensible that would take the life out of us, kill our thinking, our feeling.These poems resuscitate. They remind of the life that is still there, pulsed out momentarily, but never for long. That is Absolute Trust.

  • Ronald Wise
    2019-02-07 06:20

    A collection of poetry which convincingly portrayed Walker as in a state of self-assured readiness to take on whatever her life had to offer. This book was published a year before her novel Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, in which the female protagonist holds the same attitude. I found many of the poems to be inspirational toward maintaining a hopeful confidence in facing life's challenges. This book was added to my reading list, along with all her works, after reading her novel mentioned above.

  • Lauren Simcic
    2019-01-16 08:20

    This was a good primer to her other work I have not yet read. The collection was a breeze to get through and covered family life, war, and her affection for other public figures like Maria Sabina and Che Guevara. I liked the flow of her writing and some of it was thought provoking. "My Mother Was So Wonderful," "Though We May Feel Alone," and "You Too Can Look, Smell, Dress, Act This Way" were my favorites from the collection. I tabbed them to revisit and share with others. Reading might make me pick up some of her other work. Glad I read it though I don't typically read poetry.

  • Aimee
    2019-01-30 07:13

    I wanted to love this collection more. There are individual poems I would definitely give 5 stars and are as lovely as a poem can be, but as a collection, it was so much the same. And while most poetry is personal, this is personal in a way that makes it hard for the reader to access at all. Oftentimes writers who've established a "name" can have a whole book built up around their musings--this is what this collection of poems feels like to me.

  • Clarissa
    2019-02-11 08:21

    A wonderful collection of poems; my favorite being "The Same As Gold".Now that IUnderstandThat griefEmotionally speakingIs the sameAs GoldI do not despairThat we areAll of usBorn to grieveThere was a Small darkGirlIn my dreamThe other night;She had beenLeft with meBy strange womenOn their waySomewhereElse.Taking her intoMy armsInto my houseWhich had no roofMy tearsCovered usLike rain

  • Doris Raines
    2019-01-22 07:19

    Hi. I. Really. Like. This. Alice. Walker. Quote. Trust. In. Goodness. Of. The. Earth. I. Agree. However. It. Is. Emotions. In. Throught. Just. Thinking. About. Writeing. Any. Book. At. The. Same. Thrill. How. Its. Going. To. Read. And. How. It. Is. Going. To. End. Great. Quote. Great. Book. I. Would. Recommend. It.

  • Melissa Mcdonald
    2019-01-20 12:23

    Walker's poems have long been her warmest, least artful utterances, invoking the solidarity and the compassion she invites her readers to feel: this thick book of short-lined poems extends those goals, exploring and praising friendship, romantic love, home cooking, the peace movement, ancestors, ethnic diversity and particularly admirable strong women, among them the primatologist Jane Goodall.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-14 06:14

    I read this when it came out, but for some reason I took it off the shelf again and am re-reading. It's poetry, and quick-read poetry at that, so it's like an interlude until I chose my next novel.Feb 5: Not my favorite Walker book. Only two of the poems really stood out for me. The better of these was "Grace."

  • Steph
    2019-02-04 10:07

    I read this twice, to form a more sure impression as poetry often slips by when not spoken and savored. On my second reading I found more lines to love but also more I did not care to read again. Some of the themes (divorce, love, war) simply didn't resonate and others (sisters, elders, earth) seemed too familiar, as if I could read them before or again without noticing.

  • Kyla
    2019-02-09 09:25

    "The Color Purple" has become one of my favorite books of all time, but I've never ventured into Walker's poetry before. I'm glad I chose this collection as my first foray. There is a grace in Walker's writing that flows seemingly without effort. Themes meander from the mystical to the mundane; all are tended to with care and love. A solid compilation.