Poet, essayist, and novelist Alice Walker was born February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia, the eighth and last child of sharecroppers Willie Lee and Minnie Lou Grant Walker.

She turns 68 today.

She is best known for the novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. But few people know that she regularly publishes notes and poems on her blog!

Visit Walker’s blog, watch her nerd out and talk Google gadgets in the video above and read the latest poem she’s posted on her blog “When I join you” below.

When I join you
in the effort for peace
I give myself over.
There
and not there.
Marching
with you
alongside
the many who have died
it is as if we are marching
across the Universe
and just ahead of us
if only in another galaxy
there is a door.



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