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The impossible will take a little while : perseverance and hope in troubled times

Author: Paul Rogat Loeb
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What keeps us going when times get tough? How do we keep on working for a more humane world, no matter how hard it sometimes seems? In a time when our involvement has never been needed more, this anthology of political hope will help readers with the essential work of healing our communities, our nation, our planet--despite all odds.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Rogat Loeb
ISBN: 9780465031733 0465031730
OCLC Number: 778420743
Notes: "After 22 printings, editor Paul Rogat Loeb has comprehensively updated this classic work."
Description: xii, 483 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Seeds of the possible. From "The cure at Troy" / Seamus Heaney --
A slender thread / Diane Ackerman --
Ordinary resurrections / Jonathan Kozol --
Standing up for children / Marian Wright Edelman --
You are brilliant and the earth is hiring / Paul Hawken --
Political paralysis / Danusha Veronica Goska --
pt. 2. Dark before the dawn. From "September 1, 1939" / W.H. Auden --
The optimism of uncertainty / Howard Zinn --
On being different / Dan Savage --
The dark years / Nelson Mandela --
An orientation of the heart / Václav Havel --
Reluctant activists / Mary Pipher --
pt. 3. Everyday grace. "The peace of wild things" / Wendell Berry --
Gate A-4 / Naomi Shihab Nye --
Mountain music / Scott Russell Sanders --
The Sukkah of Shalom / Arthur Waskow --
Getting our gaze back / Rose Marie Berger --
Fragile and hidden / Henri Nouwen --
There is a season / Parker Palmer --
pt. 4. Rebellious imagination. "Celebration of the human voice" / Eduardo Galeano --
"Last night as I was sleeping" / Antonio Machada --
Childhood and poetry / Pablo Neruda --
To love the marigold / Susan Griffin --
Walking with the wind / John Lewis --
Rough translation / Toni Mirosevich --
Jesus and Alinsky / Walter Wink --
Stories from the cha cha cha / Vern Huffman --
Do not go gentle / Sherman Alexie --
Despair is a lie we tell ourselves / Tony Kushner --
pt. 5. Courage is contagious. "To be of use" / Marge Piercy --
The transformation of silence / Audre Lorde --
The small work in the great work / Victoria Safford --
We are all Khaled Said / Wael Ghonim --
Arab revolutions / Stephen Zunes --
Not deterred / Paxus Calta --
In what do I place my trust? / Rosalie Bertell --
Faith works / Jim Wallis --
The progressive story of America / Bill Moyers --
pt. 6. The global stage. "Imagine the angels of bread" / Martín Espada --
Kids, trees, and climate change / Mark Hertsgaard --
Curitiba / Bill McKibben with a postscript by Paul Rogat Loeb --
Come September / Arundhati Roy --
The black hole / Ariel Dorfman --
Behemoth in a bathrobe / Carla Seaquist --
pt. 7. Radical dignity. "How have you spent your life?" / Jalaluddin Rumi --
Letter from Birmingham Jail / Martin Luther King, Jr. --
The real Rosa Parks / Paul Rogat Loeb --
Prisoners of hope / Cornel West --
Road to redemption / Billy Wayne Sinclair --
Resisting terror / Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall --
Composing a life story / Mary Catherine Bateson --
pt. 8. Beyond hope. "Origami emotion" / Elizabeth Barrette --
From "The New York poem" / Sam Hamill --
Staying the course / Mary-Wynne Ashford --
The elm dance / Joanna Macy --
Is there hope on climate change? / David Roberts --
The inevitability trap / K.C. Golden --
Hoping against hope / Nadezhda Mandelstam --
You have to pick your team / Sonya Vetra Tinsley, as told to Paul Rogat Loeb --
From Hope to hopelessness / Margaret Wheatley --
pt. 9. Only justice can stop a curse. "Still I rise" / Maya Angelou --
Only justice can stop a curse / Alice Walker --
The clan of one-breasted women / Terry Tempest Williams --
Next year in Mas'Ha / Starhawk --
The gruntwork of peace / Amos Oz --
No future without forgiveness / Desmond Tutu.
Responsibility: edited by Paul Rogat Loeb.

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