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[Poetry Friday] Alice Walker and Stefano Vitale Pair Up in “There Is a Flower at the Tip Of My Nose Smelling Me”

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Myra here.

It has been awhile since I joined the Poetry Friday reading community and it is good to be back! The host this week is Kimberly Moran.

For the past several weeks, Iphigene and Fats have been sharing posts for Poetry Friday. We have just recently launched our new reading theme two weeks ago:


.. and I believe I have found the perfect picture book to share with you all.


There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me

Written by: Alice Walker Illustrated by: Stefano Vitale
Published by: Harper Collins, 2006
Book borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

The first Alice Walker book I read was Overcoming Speechlessness and that was enough to turn me into a huge fan. I was delighted to discover that she has a picture book for children with radiant art by Stefano Vitale.

There are only twelve lines in this short poem. Each page has one line which is exquisitely illustrated by Vitale. This is one of my favourites:


In Alice Walker’s Author’s Note found at the end of the book, she shared what inspired her to write this ode of gratitude to the world:

One day I went walking in the forest near my house with my dog, along an old logging trail. Redwoods rose to left and right, the sky was brilliant blue with a few threads of clouds, the earth was scented with spring. As I walked, the wonder of myself as part of all this overcame me. I began to sing: “I come out of You, my Love. I come out of You!”

I was moved by this book that celebrates such a profound interconnectedness with the universe and all its glorious beauty – this sense of awakening, of aliveness, felt at the tip of one’s fingers up to the tip of one’s nose – all scented with tulips and roses – is a wondrous gift. I especially love how one’s sense of agency has been relinquished to the earth’s pulse, the song in one’s body, the dance in one’s bones:



Find this book and be one with the divine within you.


Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

7 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Alice Walker and Stefano Vitale Pair Up in “There Is a Flower at the Tip Of My Nose Smelling Me”

  1. The passage and poems your shared is so lovely. I hadn’t heard about this book, but I love Alice Walker. I’m going to put this one on my Wish List! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!


  2. Wow, each page is beautiful, so happy to hear about this, Myra. I love the page illustrations about the song.


  3. Laura Shovan

    Gorgeous illustrations! This line reminds me of why I love to hike: “The wonder of myself as part of all this overcame me.”


  4. You know how sometimes you wish you had written something? This is my something. I had not heard this before, but now I must have it.


  5. AND….Got it…


  6. Wow-this one looks like a feast of words and art. Putting it on my to-read list. Thanks for featuring it, Myra.


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