Hard Times Require Furious Dancing
New Poems by Alice Walker
Beloved and world-renowned author and activist Alice Walker’s collection of new poems written especially for the times we’re living through.
Alice Walker is known throughout the world as not only a great writer but also an activist and a woman who gives voice to the inner turmoil and outer struggles so many experience. Readers admire her ability to bare her heart and soul, to speak out about the world as she sees it, and to often become a catalyst for change.
As the title suggests, these poems were written during struggles and sadness and deal with the loss of siblings, the loss of a beloved dog, the estrangement in families, violence and struggles on the world stage, and the simple joy of life itself. The words dance, they sing, they heal our hearts and touch our souls.
As Shiloh McCloud writes in the foreword: “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing was conceived over the course of a year. Alice Walker’s journey, revealed in this writing, includes the death of loved ones and the birth of new ideas, the sorrow of rejection and the deliciousness of love, travel to other parts of the world and the sweetness of home, the challenges of our world and its blessings, familial abandonment and what it means to belong to the greater world family.…We are witness to the self-confidence that so profoundly distinguishes Alice’s work — her ability to take that which is heart-wrenchingly sad, to share the guts of that sadness, and then, through a tapestry of richly colored words, to weave a resolution that leaves the poem with a way to ‘be with’ that sorrow instead of becoming drowned in it. She does not leave the poem or the reader in distress but soothes the aching heart with true poetry.”
Alice Walker is known throughout the world as a fiction writer, an activist for the rights of all humans, an essayist, and a woman who will speak her mind no matter what the cost. Much beloved and renowned for the Pulitzer Prize– and American Book Award–winning novel The Color Purple, Walker has since written several books of poetry as well as books of essays and fiction. She is no stranger to sorrow or hard times, yet she continues to go to all corners of the world to shed light on topics too often hidden. Her talent as a writer brings these topics to the attention of the world, helping to not only start the conversation but mobilize the world to help and heal. Alice Walker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her on the web at www.alicewalkersgarden.com.