The World Will Follow Joy

The World Will Follow Joy

Turning Madness Into Flowers (new Poems)

eBook - 2013
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"Poetry is leading us," writes Alice Walker in The World Will Follow Joy . In this dazzling collection, the beloved writer offers over sixty new poems to incite and nurture contemporary activists. Hailed as a "lavishly gifted writer" ( The New York Times ), Walker imbues her poetry with evocative images, fresh language, anger, forgiveness, and profound wisdom. Casting her poetic eye toward history, politics, and nature, as well as to world figures such as Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama, she is indeed a "muse for our times" (Amy Goodman).

By attentively chronicling the conditions of human life today, Walker shows, as ever, her deep compassion, profound spirituality, and necessary political commitments. The poems in The World Will Follow Joy remind us of our human capacity to come together and take action, even in our troubled political times. Above all, the gems in this collection illuminate what it means to live in our world today.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781595588876
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 191 p.) : ill.


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ArapahoeElia Jul 23, 2018

I cannot get enough of Alice Walker's words. I enjoyed this collection of poetry in particular because she has such a reverence for beauty and compassion with difficult modern struggles. This poem was my favorite:

To Stand Beaming and Clapping

To stand beaming and clapping for anyone
who bombs water
& denies to children
its purity to drink
endangers you,
made mostly of water
as you are.
See this. Before it is too late.

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