Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

New Poems

By Alice Walker; Shiloh McCloud (Illustrator); Shiloh McCloud (Foreword by)

New World Library, Hardcover, 9781577319306, 165pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2010

Description
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,
poems
like
this one
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.


About the Author
ALICE WALKER is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1983 and the National Book Award.

Alice Walker is known throughout the world as a prize-winning fiction writer, an activist for the rights of all humans, an essayist, and as a woman who will speak her mind no matter what the cost. Much beloved and renowned for the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award winning novel The Color Purple, Walker has since written several books of poetry as well as books of essays and fiction. She is no stranger to sorrow or hard times, yet she continues to go to all corners of the world to shed light on topics too often hidden. Her talent as a writer brings these topics to the attention of the world, helping to not only start the conversation but mobilize the world to help and heal. Alice Walker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alice Walker is known throughout the world as a prize-winning fiction writer, an activist for the rights of all humans, an essayist, and as a woman who will speak her mind no matter what the cost. Much beloved and renowned for the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award winning novel The Color Purple, Walker has since written several books of poetry as well as books of essays and fiction. She is no stranger to sorrow or hard times, yet she continues to go to all corners of the world to shed light on topics too often hidden. Her talent as a writer brings these topics to the attention of the world, helping to not only start the conversation but mobilize the world to help and heal. Alice Walker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Praise For Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

[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.”
Gloria Steinem

A lifeboat in a storm, warm soup in the mouth, a rhumba in the streets of the heart.”
Jack Kornfield

These are powerful anthems of womanhood and age, although just as likely to be empowering to men and to the not-yet-old.”
Booklist

Walker’s many fans won’t be disappointed by this book.”
Publishers Weekly

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.”
Library Journal



NPR
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010

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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