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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“Poetry is leading us,” writes Alice Walker in The World Will Follow Joy. In this luminous collection—a bestseller in hardcover—the beloved writer offers sixty poems to inspire and incite. Penetrating and sensitive, playful and wise, these intensely intimate poems establish a personal connection of rare immediacy between poet and…  See more details below

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“Poetry is leading us,” writes Alice Walker in The World Will Follow Joy. In this luminous collection—a bestseller in hardcover—the beloved writer offers sixty poems to inspire and incite. Penetrating and sensitive, playful and wise, these intensely intimate poems establish a personal connection of rare immediacy between poet and reader, illustrating the very qualities that have won her a devoted following and continue to draw new readers to her writing.

Attentively chronicling the conditions of human life today, Walker shows in her poetry her necessary political commitments, her compassion, and her spirituality. Casting her 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).

The World Will Follow Joy reminds us of our human capacity to come together and take action. Above all, the gems in this collection illuminate what it means to live in our world today.

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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:
9781595589873
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
596,493
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author


Alice Walker is one of the most prolific and beloved 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 (both published by The New Press). She lives in Northern California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Mendocino, California
Date of Birth:
February 9, 1944
Place of Birth:
Eatonton, Georgia
Education:
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965; attended Spelman College, 1961-63

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