Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart
by Walker, Alice; Verdecia, Manuel Garcia (TRN)







Introductionxv
A Note about the Translatorxix
Alice Walker
Translating Alice Walker: A Work of Intellectual and Spiritual Growthxxiii
The Long Road Home
3(2)
Breathing
5(2)
Here It Is!
7(2)
The New Dark Ages
9(4)
Loving Oakland
13(6)
Is Celie Actually Ugly?
19(4)
The World Is Standing Up for Palestine
23(4)
Wherever You Are Grieving
27(2)
To Have Once
29(4)
They Will Always Be More Beautiful Than You
33(4)
Imagine
37(6)
Refugees
43(4)
The World Rising
47(2)
Lodestar
49(2)
Ancestors Never Sleep
51(4)
Especially to the Toddlers of Iran (and Other Countries) And Those Just Learning to Ride Bikes
55(2)
The Future Captured in a Heartless Fist
57(4)
Julian
61(6)
The Dancing Shack
67(4)
The Circle
71(4)
The King Has Gone Away for Good: Long Live the King!
75(6)
Welcome to the Picnic
81(4)
The Lesson
85(2)
All the Fast Car Ads Look Crazy Now
87(4)
Light a Candle
91(2)
My 12-12-12
93(8)
And in the Red Box
101(2)
You Were Sixteen
103(2)
Fullness of Heart
105(4)
Aloisea Inyumba, Presente
109(8)
I Confess I Do Not Understand the Mind That Needs to Cause This Suffering
117(2)
Not from Here
119(6)
I Am Telling You, Discouraged One, We Will Win
125(4)
We Are Never Without Help
129(2)
The Good Ones
131(4)
What Does It Take to Be Happy?
135(2)
Later We Would Miss You So Much
137(10)
Necks of Clay
147(2)
Who the Annunaki Saw?
149(4)
Inner Landscape
153(6)
Hope Is a Woman Who Has Lost Her Fear
159(4)
Sweet People Are Everywhere
163(6)
And When They Spy on Us
169(4)
Confident Anticipation of Joy
173(4)
The Mother of Trees
177(4)
Never Pass Up an Opportunity to Kiss
181(4)
The Iron Age, the Age of Sorrow
185(2)
When a Poet Dies
187(2)
The Language of Bombs
189(4)
Talking to Hamas
193(6)
Don't Give Up (Beautiful Child, Other Self)
199(4)
Gather
203(6)
Making Frittatas
209(2)
At the Door of Pollsmoor Prison
211(4)
Burnt Offerings
215(4)
A Blessing
219(2)
The Prize Itself
221(2)
To the Po'lice
223(4)
Depopulation Blues
227(2)
Depopulation Blues #2
229(2)
What Is to Be Done? Who Is to Do It?
231(4)
Banning Cruelty
235(2)
The Energy of the Wave
237(4)
I Believe the Women
241(4)
The Slain Children of Palestine Hold Council in Paradise
245(4)
Mongers of War
249(4)
To Win
253(2)
Morning in the Village
255(4)
Taking My Seat
259


The award-winning author of The Color Purple returns with a collection of nearly 70 works of poetic free verse, presented in both English and Spanish, that focus on issues of love, hope and gratitude in our troubled times.





*Starred Review* Walker's (The Cushion in the Road, 2013) new poetry collection is another strong addition to her multigenre literary canon. Her free-verse poems address poignant life experiences, self-assessment, and vulnerability while also reflecting our troubling times. Voicing outrage and leaning into hope, some poems search the past for inspiration and find deep appreciation in the heroic contributions of Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Thich Nhat Hanh. As Walker calls attention to what she witnesses-"We will never regret / having been born in this / cruel time"-she also recognizes the opportunity for us to allow "fullness of heart," the opening to feel others' pain and come together because, as one poem's title claims, "We Are Never without Help." 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. After all, she claims that "Hope Is a Woman Who Has Lost Her Fear." Adding to the timeliness and reach of Walker's more than 60-poem-strong collection is the fact that it is bilingual, presented in English and Spanish. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.






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