The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems)

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New Press, The, Apr 2, 2013 - Poetry - 192 pages
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"Poetry is leading us," writes Alice Walker in The World Will Follow Joy. In this dazzling collection, the beloved writer offers over sixty new poems to incite and nurture contemporary activists. Hailed as a “lavishly gifted writer” (The New York Times), Walker imbues her poetry with evocative images, fresh language, anger, forgiveness, and profound wisdom. Casting her poetic eye toward history, politics, and nature, as well as to world figures such as Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama, she is indeed a "muse for our times" (Amy Goodman).

By attentively chronicling the conditions of human life today, Walker shows, as ever, her deep compassion, profound spirituality, and necessary political commitments. The poems in The World Will Follow Joy remind us of our human capacity to come together and take action, even in our troubled political times. Above all, the gems in this collection illuminate what it means to live in our world today.
 

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Contents

What Makes the Dalai Lama Lovable?
1
If I Was President
9
Poems for My Girls
15
Dont be like those who ask for everything
16
Knowing You Might Someday Come
17
Turning Madness into Flowers 1
19
What It Feels Like
21
Before I Leave the Stage
22
Sailing the Hot Streets ofAthens Greece
97
Life Takes Its Own Sweet Time
104
One Meaning of the Immaculate Heart
106
To Stand Beaming and Clapping
107
And in that sacred time
108
Why Peace Is Always a Good Idea
110
Hope
114
Tranquil
116

Remember?
23
Working Class Hero
24
The Ways of Water
29
You Want to Grow Old Like the Carters
34
Live happily
39
Word reaches us
41
When You See Water
43
This is a story of how love works
44
Alice and Kwamboka
53
May It Be Said of Me
54
And Do You See What They Have Bought with It?
56
She
59
Our Martyrs
65
The tree of life has fallen
67
To Change the World Enough
68
Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
70
What do I get for getting old?
72
Desire
78
March Births
79
Two boys on a pink tricycle
82
Coming to Worship the1000YearOld Cherry Tree
86
Listening to Bedouins Thinking of Bob
87
Peonies
88
Black and White Cows
91
Worms Wont Need a Menu
93
From Paradise to Paradise
95
The Raping of Maids
120
This Human Journey
122
In This You Are Wrong
123
Hope to Sin Only in the Service of Waking Up
124
The Part of God That Stings
128
An Irrelevant Truth
131
The Buddhas Disagreeable Relative
134
We Who Have Survived
136
Racism Dates Us
137
The World We Want Is Us
139
The Joyful News of Your Arrest
140
Every Revolution Needs Fresh Poems
142
The Foolishness of Captivity
144
Despair Is the Ground Bounced Back From
153
Occupying Mumias Cell
155
Another Way to Peace
159
We Pay a Visit to Those Who Play at Being Dead
162
Democratic Womanism
171
Democratic Motherism
180
After Many Years and Much Silliness
184
When I Join You
186
Going Out to the Garden
187
Notes
190
Photo Credits
191
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Alice Walker is one of the most prolific writers of our time, known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Color Purple; her many volumes of poetry; and her powerful nonfiction collections, including We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For and The Chicken Chronicles: A Memoir (both published by The New Press). Her advocacy for the dispossessed has spanned the globe. She lives in Northern California.

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