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This first volume of poetry established Alice Walker as a poet of unusual sensitivity and power. All of these poems were written either in East Africa, where Walker spent the summer of 1965, or during her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College. The collection is remarkably mature and varied: the opening group of graceful, witty poems remains an enduring "snapshot" of Africa viewed by a black American woman, while other works focus on the civil rights struggle, the South, and love. "Through Poetry, " she writes, "I have lived ...

Once 1986, The Women's Press Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780704340305

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Once 1976, Mariner Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780156687454

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