Hard Times Require Furious Dancing
By Alice Walker
(New World Library, Hardcover, 9781577319306, 184pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one.”
from the preface
I was born to grow,
alongside my garden of plants,
So writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home. The poems embrace our connections while celebrating the joy of individuality, the power we each share to express our truest, deepest selves. Beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others, she demonstrates that we are stronger than our circumstances. As she confronts personal and collective challenges, her words dance, sing, and heal.
Alice Walker is known around the world for her fiction, poetry, essays, and human rights activism. She was honored with the 2010 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Poet, novelist, and activist Alice Walker discusses her new poetry collection "Hard Times Require Furious Dancing" and shares her thoughts on writing. Host Michel Martin speaks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. More at NPR.org
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[These poems] grow as naturally on the page as grass and flowers, yet never try to conceal a terrain of early graves, emotional land mines, and levies of sorrow.”
A lifeboat in a storm, warm soup in the mouth, a rhumba in the streets of the heart.”
These are powerful anthems of womanhood and age, although just as likely to be empowering to men and to the not-yet-old.”
Walker’s many fans won’t be disappointed by this book.”
The poems sing of joy and pain, loss and grief, love and transformation, with results that are redemptive. Highly recommended for all readers of contemporary poetry and for anyone interested in African American literature.”