Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

by Alice Walker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501179525
Publisher: Atria / 37 INK
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 25,215
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A prolific writer in multiple genres, Alice Walker has become a canonical figure in American letters. Her writings have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and more than twelve million copies of her books have been sold.


Mendocino, California

Date of Birth:

February 9, 1944

Place of Birth:

Eatonton, Georgia


B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965; attended Spelman College, 1961-63

Table of Contents

Introduction xv

A Note about the Translator Alice Walker xix

Translating Alice Walker: A Work of Intellectual and Spiritual Growth xxiii

The Long Road Home 3

Breathing 5

Here It Is! 7

The New Dark Ages 9

Loving Oakland 13

Is Celie Actually Ugly? 19

The World Is Standing Up for Palestine 23

Wherever You Are Grieving 27

To Have Once 29

They Will Always Be More Beautiful Than You 33

Imagine 37

Refugees 43

The World Rising 47

Lodestar 49

Ancestors Never Sleep 51

Especially to the Toddlers of Iran (and Other Countries) and Those Just Learning to Ride Bikes 55

The Future Captured in a Heartless Fist 57

Julian 61

The Dancing Shack 67

The Circle 71

The King Has Gone Away for Good: Long Live the King! 75

Welcome to the Picnic 81

The Lesson 85

All the Fast Car Ads Look Crazy Now 87

Light a Candle 91

My 12-12-12 93

And in the Red Box 101

You Were Sixteen 103

Fullness of Heart 105

Aloisea Inyumba, Presente 109

I Confess I Do Not Understand the Mind That Needs to Cause This Suffering 117

Not from Here 119

I Am Telling You, Discouraged One, We Will Win 125

We Are Never Without Help 129

The Good Ones 131

What Does It Take to Be Happy? 135

Later We Would Miss You So Much 137

Necks of Clay 147

Who the Annunaki Saw? 149

Inner Landscape 153

Hope Is a Woman Who Has Lost Her Fear 159

Sweet People Are Everywhere 163

And When They Spy on Us 169

Confident Anticipation of Joy 173

The Mother of Trees 177

Never Pass Up an Opportunity to Kiss 181

The Iron Age, the Age of Sorrow 185

When a Poet Dies 187

The Language of Bombs 189

Talking to Hamas 193

Don't Give Up (Beautiful Child, Other Self) 199

Gather 203

Making Frittatas 209

At the Door of Pollsmoor Prison 211

Burnt Offerings 215

A Blessing 219

The Prize Itself 221

To the Po'lice 223

Depopulation Blues 227

Depopulation Blues #2 229

What Is to Be Done? Who Is to Do It? 231

Banning Cruelty 235

The Energy of the Wave 237

I Believe the Women 241

The Slain Children of Palestine Hold Council in Paradise 245

Mongers of War 249

To Win 253

Morning in the Village 255

Taking My Seat 259

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