Winner of the 2011 Bluelight Press Book Award published by 1st World Publishing Press
"Loretta Walker's Word Ghetto is a rich multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of Life, turning your mind and senses like the Milky Way galaxy, while freeing your heart to embrace your Oneness. Who would have thought Kali, the Black Goddess, was living in West Texas disguised as Loretta Walker? And like Kali, Loretta Walker crushes your separateness with her enchanting dance of Life through the Word Ghetto. Read it and be free." - George E. James, Author of Peeling the Onion: Poems of Spiritual Awakening and Copperhead: Tantric Lessons on Love.
"Loretta Walker's Word Ghetto is an astounding book, full of wisdom, compassion, and masterfully woven word magic. Her language speaks with a rich tapestry of emotion, and her poems sing like a saxophone playing the music of her soul. Loretta Walker's vision is huge - she speaks for a whole community of people who are marginalized by the circumstances of their birth. Her poems offer healing, vision and hope." - Diane Frank, author of Blackberries in the Dream House and Entering the Word Temple
"In this accomplished book, Loretta Diane Walker, poet, musician and teacher, draws us into her word music, and convinces us to inhabit her deepest concerns -children, race in America, pain and forgiveness, the changing body, the open soul-to revel in language and life with her, to wonder and to grieve. Walker finds beauty so thoroughly entrenched in the quotidian, we are glad to enter her world, even though it is not untarnished. Her fierce poems temper hope with honesty, conviction with clarity of vision. Startlingly fresh without posturing or distraction, they pull us from whatever routine threatens to dull our senses. From the tenderness of the teacher to her young students, through memories of her childhood, and her involvement in the lived experiences of others, she holds a mirror to the revelations of a grounded life." - Mary Kay Rummel, author of What's Left is the Singing