Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems
Alice Walker is beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others. Here she confronts personal and collective challenges in words that dance, sing, and heal. As Shiloh McCloud describes in her foreword, Walker's poems contain “the death of loved ones and the birth of new ideas, the sorrow of rejection and the deliciousness of love, the sweetness of home, familial abandonment, and what it means to belong to the greater world family.” As Walker writes in her preface, the “empty” half of a glass holds “a rainbow that could exist only in the vacant space.” Musing on the role of dance, which gives this collection its title, she writes, “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.”
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Alice loves ALICE WALKER Alice’s alongside my garden Aquarian Age Aung San BBOOOOKKSS beauty beloved biscuit Buddha cucumbers squash tomatoes dead deﬁciency deliciousness of love dream Dying encountered our share ﬁerce ﬁlled ﬁlm ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂoor friends garden of plants GAVE IT FREELY Grand Mother spirit hard times require heart HOLD YOUR HATRED James Weldon Johnson keep broken things Kisii know my duty Let go life’s line of beauty live Lovers Loving humans LOVING OUR LEADERS Marley mass graves mind is shambled MONKEYS ARE CURIOUS Never Know Novato numbers old dark Indians Palm peace poet Pratibha require furious dancing shambled sit Shiloh McCloud Sixty-ﬁve smell the possibility sofa Sometimes Our Disappointment Sometimes who knows sorrow of rejection stop wars especially sugar TASTE OF GRUDGE teacher teaching ultimately separate Wabi-sabi Wake WATCHING YOU HOLD what’s WORD HAS REACHED world has changed World Library www.alicewalkersgarden.com www.shilohsophia.com