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The world will follow joy : turning madness into flowers (new poems)

Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2013.
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Here the author offers more than 60 new poems to incite and nurture contemporary activists. This collection features verse that deals with history, politics and nature, and pays tribute to Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama. She imbues her poetry with evocative images, fresh language, anger, forgiveness, and wisdom. By actively chronicling the conditions of human life today, she shows her compassion,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Walker
ISBN: 9781595588760 1595588760
OCLC Number: 807025104
Description: xv, 191 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: What makes the Dalai Lama lovable? --
If I was president ("were may be substituted by those who prefer it") --
From: poems for my girls --
Don't be like those who ask for everything --
Knowing you might someday come --
Turning madness into flowers #1 --
What it feels like --
Before I leave the stage --
Remember? --
Working class hero --
The ways of water --
You want to grow old like the Carters --
The answer is: live happily! --
Word reaches us --
When you see water --
This is a story of how love works --
Alice and Kwamboka --
May it be said of me --
And do you see what they have bought with it? --
She --
Our martyrs --
The tree of life has fallen --
To change the world enough --
Blessed are the poor in spirit --
What do I get for getting old? a picture story for the curious! --
Desire --
March births --
Two boys on a pink tricycle --
Coming to worship the 1,000-year-old cherry tree --
Listening to Bedouins, thinking of Bob --
Peonies --
Black and white cows --
Worms won't need a menu --
From paradise to paradise --
Sailing the hot streets of Athens, Greece --
Life takes its own sweet time --
One meaning of the immaculate heart --
To stand beaming and clapping --
And in that sacred time --
Why peace is always a good idea --
Hope --
Tranquil --
The raping of maids --
This human journey --
In this you are wrong --
Hope to sin only in the service of waking up --
The part of God that stings --
9/11: an irrelevant truth --
The Buddha's disagreeable relative --
We who have survived --
Racism dates us --
The world we want is us --
The joyful news of your arrest --
Every revolution needs fresh poems --
The foolishness of captivity --
Despair is the ground bounced back from --
Occupying Mumia's cell --
Another way to peace --
We pay a visit to those who play at being dead --
Democratic womanism --
Democratic motherism --
After many years and much silliness --
When I join you --
Going out to the garden.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Alice Walker.

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Here the author offers more than 60 new poems to incite and nurture contemporary activists. This collection features verse that deals with history, politics and nature, and pays tribute to Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama. She imbues her poetry with evocative images, fresh language, anger, forgiveness, and wisdom. By actively chronicling the conditions of human life today, she shows her compassion, spirituality, and necessary political commitments; these poems remind us of our human capacity to come together and take action, even in troubled political times, and illuminate what it means to live in our world today. -- From book jacket.

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