|Photo by Rudolph Boyd|
At Mrs. Dalloway's I found Ms. Walker’s Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, and isn’t that the truth! Today was joyous First Day of the New Series for Anna Halperin’s dance movement class, and I did some at least semi-furious dancing. Afterwards I went to the University Library and found Walker’s The World Will Follow Joy, and I certainly hope she is right.
I also watched videos of Alice I found on her web site and bought tickets to the film about her, which will be shown at the Mill Valley Film Festival. I've loved having her in my life all week. Below is the poem I wrote about her, and below that you'll see the announcement of an event where I plan to read it. I hope you'll attend!
Nineteen Seventy Something
for Alice Walker
I remember her at that gathering
though I can’t remember why we gathered
she in dashiki & dreads or was that later
There were luminaries in that room
though to be a woman was luminous enough
If you were proud
If you were standing up or acting out
If you were Congresswoman Bella Abzug
in her iconic hat
If you were That Blond Activist in aviator shades
If you were Constance Carroll new black president
of where I taught
If you were Peggy Reese my-colleague-the-geologist
whose expertise Dakota Sandstone
was my alias a nom de plume
to cover my tracks
you were laying down hot tracks of poetry
and the short stories called In Love and Trouble
and weren’t we all?
Not to mention the poems titled
See we were learning how to garden
seeding the beds of change
you have to water fertilize
weed and watch over
and then we learned reluctantly to prune
That’s when I stopped using Dakota Sandstone
which crumbles slides and can’t abide a shift
Have I let this poem go to seed?
All I started out to do was say
Alice Walker I just saw that video of you
in your age your white hair
and I love the wildness
that still dances
in your eyes
Poetry, Prose, Libations
Please join us for a harvest of earth-centered writing and book signing at
First Light Farm Stand.
When: 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Where: First Light Farm Stand, 4588 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma
Who will read: Poets Frances Hatfield, Naomi Ruth Lowinsky
and Leah Shelleda, and novelist Patricia Damery.
Free. Booksigning and light refreshments to follow