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Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

by Alice Walker
Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

by Alice Walker



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* WINNER of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work *

Alice Walker, author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple—“an American novel of permanent importance” (San Francisco Chronicle)—crafts a bilingual collection that is both playfully imaginative and intensely moving.

Presented in both English and Spanish, Alice Walker shares a timely collection of nearly seventy works of passionate and powerful poetry that bears witness to our troubled times, while also chronicling a life well-lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry, to celebrating the simple beauty of baking frittatas, Walker offers us a window into her magical, at times difficult, and liberating world of activism, love, hope and, above all, gratitude. Whether she’s urging us to preserve an urban paradise or behold the delicate necessity of beauty to the spirit, Walker encourages us to honor the divine that lives inside all of us and brings her legendary free verse to the page once again, demonstrating that she remains a revolutionary poet and an inspiration to generations of fans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501179549
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Alice Walker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, is a canonical figure in American letters. She is the author of The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, and many other works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Her writings have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and more than fifteen million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. 


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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