Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Presented in both English and Spanish, Alice Walker shares a timely collection of nearly seventy works of passionate and powerful poetry that bears witness to our troubled times, while also chronicling a life well-lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry, to celebrating the simple beauty of baking frittatas, Walker offers us a window into her magical, at times difficult,...

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Title:Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart
Author:Alice Walker
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Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart Reviews

  • Krystal

    Alice Walker provides readers a much needed meditation on issues past and current, with wisdom and insight galore!

  • Tom McDonald

    Alice Walker delivers a series of deeply meditative observations on the fractured events of recent global, political history. Her voice is so immediately personal that the poems themselves feel more conversational than abstract flights of lyricism, as personal as the letters of

    Walker is truly a humanist spirit, weathered from the years of international indecency we as a collective perpetuat

    Alice Walker delivers a series of deeply meditative observations on the fractured events of recent global, political history. Her voice is so immediately personal that the poems themselves feel more conversational than abstract flights of lyricism, as personal as the letters of

    Walker is truly a humanist spirit, weathered from the years of international indecency we as a collective perpetuate against one another. Though she posits a bare mirror for us to reflect, it seems the reflection is the therapy in itself. Walker is not explosive or declamatory or incendiary; she does not rouse the reader to take some dramatic action to combat social injustice. Rather, she seems to caution, just be aware of what is happening around us. The voice in these poems is quiet and stark.

    Naturally, race is covered, as well as gender, but war and its wide scale effects seem to absolutely preoccupy her attention, especially since those directly affected so often have the smallest voices.

    Many of the pieces included are tributes to those she has known through her life, both personally and historically, reinforcing this concept of meditation. Indeed, her level of consciousness is precisely what is needed in this overwhelming existential climate today.

  • Ka’leneReads

    This is a GreatRead short and All....Prolific and Heartfelt writing, were Morrison is Thunder, Walker is Most Definitely Lightening. This short contains poems about life and love and will definitely inspire, always sweet to the touch even the most poignant ones Walkers poems sure will please.

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Alice Walker's latest collection of poems written mainly in 2015-2016, while full of sadness and anger, contains unwavering hope. Compiled here are many powerful tributes to people she has admired and respected in her lifetime; including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and B. B. King. She laments over war, hatred, and poverty while managing to take these arrows out of her heart to speak of hope over hurt.

    Reading these poems slowly over a period of four days, I could feel Walker looking back over he

    Alice Walker's latest collection of poems written mainly in 2015-2016, while full of sadness and anger, contains unwavering hope. Compiled here are many powerful tributes to people she has admired and respected in her lifetime; including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and B. B. King. She laments over war, hatred, and poverty while managing to take these arrows out of her heart to speak of hope over hurt.

    Reading these poems slowly over a period of four days, I could feel Walker looking back over her life, reminiscing on the events that shaped her and the events that she herself helped to shape; grieving the loss of people she has cared for; voicing her frustration over the struggle of history repeating itself.

    A passionate plea to readers to acknowledge the current state of loss and despair across the globe, Walker uses her poems as a type of intervention; a way to show us that we are not alone in our confusion, guilt, or suffering.

    Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart is a bold and powerful collection of poems from an inspiring revolutionary of the written word.

    Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kirsten Tattersall

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Alice Walker's collection of poems is brimming with anger and sorrow but also incredible hope. I found myself crying through several parts of it.

  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from a local bookstore in NY, while on a recent road trip. I love The Color Purple so I was happy to read this lovely book of poems. This book is beautiful, though it deals with tough subject matters like the effects of war on children -it raises questions of how we can continue on with love in the face of such injustices. The poems inspired me and spoke to my curiosity, compassion, and womanhood.

    Alice Walker has lead a rich, full, global life, and I was int

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from a local bookstore in NY, while on a recent road trip. I love The Color Purple so I was happy to read this lovely book of poems. This book is beautiful, though it deals with tough subject matters like the effects of war on children -it raises questions of how we can continue on with love in the face of such injustices. The poems inspired me and spoke to my curiosity, compassion, and womanhood.

    Alice Walker has lead a rich, full, global life, and I was interested in reading her thoughts. I found some of the ideas to have some slight naivete (or chosen ignorance), but through reading it I felt more connected with humanity and the world as a whole. ALSO - it's bilingual!!! Spanish and English.

    Highly recommended for fans of poetry, Alice Walker, or those who need something more from the world right now.

  • Kent Winward

    I liked it, but it is a sign of the times when even poetry seems partisan.

  • Nathaniel Darkish

    Well-written poetry with a good message, but just not what I look for in terms of style or content for the most part in my personal poetry preferences.

  • Lori

    I really enjoyed the Alice Walker books I read in April for National Poetry Month, so I was excited to find this new collection of poems by the author. The collection contains the English poems and Spanish translations by Manuel Garcia Verdecia. The collection is perhaps focused a bit too much on the ills of society and philosophically aligned further left than my own leanings. While I agree with the author's points of social injustices, I think the way we would address them differs a great deal

    I really enjoyed the Alice Walker books I read in April for National Poetry Month, so I was excited to find this new collection of poems by the author. The collection contains the English poems and Spanish translations by Manuel Garcia Verdecia. The collection is perhaps focused a bit too much on the ills of society and philosophically aligned further left than my own leanings. While I agree with the author's points of social injustices, I think the way we would address them differs a great deal. I still enjoy the rhythm of the author's poetry. I even read a few of the poems in both languages, mainly to see if I was still able to read and comprehend in Spanish. As far as I can tell, the translator did a very good job--and I was able to comprehend more than expected. I received an advance electronic galley through the publisher via NetGalley with expectations of an honest review.

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