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Alice Walker Life through her Eye When Alice Walker was a little girl in a small town call Eatonton Georgia when her life changed before her very eyes While playing with her brother Walker was accidentally shot her in the eye with a BB gun by him With her parents being so poor that they didnt take her to the hospital immediately By the time they did get her some medical attention it was too late she was already blind in that eye This injury forced her to look at the world in a way that she had never seen it before With that new vision we have great works from her as we know it today Walker is known for works like Once Poems Goodnight Willie Lee Ill See You in the Morning You Cant Keep a Good Woman Down and The Color Purple Although these works are all different forms such as short stories novels and poems they all have one thing in common her personal experiences or someone close to her Walkers style of writing reflects events that happened in her own personal life as well as in the lives of family members These experiences are shown in works such as The Color Purple and The Way Forward Is With A Broken Heart Walker reflects her own personal events throughout her work in many ways for instance her first book of poetry Once She put these poems together acknowledging the hurt of an early pregnancy and abortion which she considered a social experience shared by others that transcended her individual experience Winchell 1 This collection of poems started her in the writing business She wrote these poems during a short frantic week following a harrowing abortion while at Sarah Lawrence Davis 2 Another poem that shows her families experiences in her work is in Revolutionary Petunias These poems are about those few embattled souls who remain painfully committed to beauty
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