Hard Times Require Furious Dancing
New World Library
On Sale: October 1, 2010
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Alice Walker is beloved for her ability to speak her own
truth in ways that speak for and about countless others.
Here she confronts personal and collective challenges in
words that dance, sing, and heal. As Shiloh McCloud
describes in her foreword, Walker’s poems contain “the death
of loved ones and the birth of new ideas, the sorrow of
rejection and the deliciousness of love, the sweetness of
home, familial abandonment, and what it means to belong to
the greater world family.” As Walker writes in her preface,
the “empty” half of a glass holds “a rainbow that could
exist only in the vacant space.” Musing on the role of
dance, which gives this collection its title, she writes,
“though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles
on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form,
and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging
as this one.”
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