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Title: Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart
Comments: I picked up this book one morning after (yet another) mass shooting -- the second so far this month and it's only the 8th . . . Walker's words soothed me, and allowed me to cry for those I haven't met but who could so easily be mine. The Future Captured in a Heartless Fist begins, "Somehow it is left to us this most hopeful of generations to bear the unbearable." Walker's poems capture not only the present world turmoil, but the beauty of her spirit. Even those like me who are not typically poetry readers will be moved, challenged, and uplifted. "We are in swoon."
* 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.
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 fifteen million copies of her books have been sold.
"[A] strong addition to her mulitgenre literary canon. Walker offers the prodding wisdom of an elder suggesting that we can cope by taking comfort in beauty, friendship, and human kindness; by always expressing gratitude; and by turning inward to hold ourselves accountable for what we contribute." — Booklist, Starred Review
"Walker forthrightly addresses our despair while ultimately offering poems of love and hope for all readers." — Library Journal
"The [poetry] collection is moving and timely, and highlights the still-raw trauma from our nation’s recent past." — Vanity Fair
"A book that meditates on these contentious times, but also on life, love, hope, and gratitude, it's just what our literary souls were aching for." — Marie Claire