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

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

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by Alice Walker
     
 

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In this luminous collection of poems, Walker casts her eye on history, politics, and nature, as well as world figures. In tributes to such people as Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama, she reminds us of the urgency of our times and of our human capacity to come together and take action. Walker imbues her poetry with memorable images, anger, forgiveness,… See more details below

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In this luminous collection of poems, Walker casts her eye on history, politics, and nature, as well as world figures. In tributes to such people as Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama, she reminds us of the urgency of our times and of our human capacity to come together and take action. Walker imbues her poetry with memorable images, anger, forgiveness, and profound wisdom. Chronicling the conditions of human life today, she demonstrates in The World Will Follow Joy her deep compassion, profound spirituality, and necessary political commitments.

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Praise for The World Will Follow Joy:
“This tireless activist has freed her mischievous, sensual, and spiritual poetic self to write of nature, love, friendship, courage, and generosity with playful and crooning lyricism. . . . Walker distills struggles, crises, and tragedies down to bright, singing lessons in living with awareness and joy.”
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Praise for Alice Walker:
"Alice Walker is a muse for our times . . . she touches the soul, and propels us to action."
—Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!

"A lavishly gifted writer."
The New York Times

Library Journal
Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, among two score other works in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Walker offers a new poetry collection that is thematically of a piece with her previous writing. Her spirituality, concern for human rights, and almost old-fashioned, determined joyousness run deep, and her devoted readers will want to follow her as she turns "madness into flowers." Plain-spoken, plaintive, and not without witticism—one poem is titled "If I Was President ('Were' May Be Substituted by Those Who Prefer It")—these poems range from the Dalai Lama ("The Dalai Lama is Cool/ A modern word/ For/ 'Divine' ") to social and political concerns ("Racism dates us/ (Speciesism does too)") to personal reflection ("My desire/ is always the same; whenever Life/ deposits me; I want to stick my toe, & soon my whole body/ into the water"). VERDICT Walker stays true to long-held beliefs and a simple writing style; sophisticated poetry readers may not be interested, but Walker's readers and others who embrace her concerns will enjoy.—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595588760
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,391,587
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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