Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems

by Alice Walker

Other authorsShiloh McCloud (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2013





Novato, Calif.: New World Library (2013), 186 pages


"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." 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 works dance, sing, and heal.… (more)

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LibraryThing member hopeevey

This will certainly not be everyone's favorite. That being said, this is an outstanding collection of poems! If you enjoy Alice Walker's work, READ THIS.



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