Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alice Walker:
Is known around the world for her fiction, poetry, essays, and human rights activism. She was honored with the 2010 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"The poems sing of joy and pain, loss and grief, love and transformation, with results that are redemptive .... Highly recommended."
- Library Journal
Alice Walker sums up the premise and purpose for this year of poems
in her Preface: "I was born into a family of eight siblings. I am the
youngest. Five of us have died. I share losses, health concerns, and
other challenges common to the human condition, especially in these
times of war, poverty, environmental devastation, and greed that is
quite beyond the most creative imagination. Sometimes it all feels a bit
too much to bear....I have learned to dance." 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. Readers of these remarkable poems
will find comfort and camaraderie - and get a joy-filled dancing lesson.
“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.”
— from the preface
I was born to grow,
alongside my garden of plants,