The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers


The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems) ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☆ The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems) Author Alice Walker – Thomashillier.co.uk Poetry is leading us, writes Alice Walker in The World Will Follow Joy In this dazzling collection, the beloved writer offers over sixty new poems to incite and nurture contemporary activists Hailed a Poetry is leading Will Follow MOBI õ us, writes Alice Walker in The World Will Follow Joy In this dazzling collection, the beloved writer offers over sixty new poems to incite and nurture contemporary activists Hailed as a lavishly gifted writer The New York Times , Walker imbues her poetry with evocative images, fresh language, anger, forgiveness, and profound wisdom Casting her poetic eye toward history, politics, and nature, as well as to world figures such as Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama, she is indeed a muse for our times Amy GoodmanBy attentively chronicling The World eBook ì the conditions of human life today, Walker shows, as ever, her deep compassion, profound spirituality, and necessary political commitments The poems in The World Will Follow Joy remind us of our human capacity to come together and take action, even in our troubled political times Above all, the gems in this collection illuminate what it means to live in our world today.


10 thoughts on “The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems)

  1. Emm C² Emm C² says:

    Dismayed we have turned to the sea We encounter among others walking there a sense of what we have lost the broad expanse of humanity s sensitivity to the oneness of itself There are many illusions which strain the world the illusions of borders, of class, of control The biggest illusion is one of disconnect Even if you wererobot than human you would still be corded to the earth and everything on it through metal.Illusions are just tricks They can help and they can hurt, and in ti Dismayed we have turned to the sea We encounter among others walking there a sense of what we have lost the broad expanse of humanity s sensitivity to the oneness of itself There are many illusions which strain the world the illusions of borders, of class, of control The biggest illusion is one of disconnect Even if you wererobot than human you would still be corded to the earth and everything on it through metal.Illusions are just tricks They can help and they can hurt, and in times like today it seems they only serve to entertain a sadistic few for awhile, a high that has to crash painfully.It takes so many motions of cells, time and chance just to form a single beetle whose death is met on a windowsill, a curled up little husk you sweep away without really noticing, but knowing how much had to happen just for that beetle to be, it s no wonder at all that just the act of life itself intricacies, simplicities can inspire so much creation from the heart.Walker is an unabashed optimist here, but never foolishly so The World Will Follow Joy is the sort of inspirational poetry that actually does what it means to These poems are as much about human machinations as they are the earth s It knows well that there has to be failure and suffering for there to be goodness and success and appreciation Otherwise what is there Indifference A misty, ambiguous state of limbo Nothing very interesting or worthwhile, anyway.Though she understands it s impossible to be without some bad things in life, they re inevitable, Walker is adamantly anti war Her words don t hide the truth that it s mostly the innocents, misguided idealists, the well meaning, the uninvolved, and the helpless who end up losing everything to it It is to mean no disrespect to those who fought and are fighting for peace in honesty, but it is to mean a lot of disrespect to those who cause the upsets in the first place, never stepping foot into the midst of the turmoil, always hiding in their tower so they don t have to face their own actions This shows that they know well what they ve caused and still hold the audacity for cowardice To stand beaming and clapping for anyone who bombs water denies to children its purity to drink endangers you, made mostly of water as you are See this Before it is too late What separates us from our roots is often the same as what keeps us separate from any real joy Sometimes it can t be helped, but very often it can There is always a cause at the core of a seemingly permanent distress, and just as often it s possible to amputate it, but like Walker s Flowers, you have to embrace truth whether it is pretty, unpleasant, or heartbreaking to think about.This is a very wonderful collection, the only reason it s a 4.5 and not a solid 5 from me is that I m not wild about one two word lines in poems at least they re capitalized, though I love some capital letters and it can get kind of obscure at times But, it s got fashion and substance and sends a message that despite that long ramble is beyond my capacity to translate into a specific feeling because it s so many at once QuotesEvery revolution needs fresh poems, that is the reason poetry cannot die Humans, with all of our experience of it find absolute evil almost impossible to believe Even looking at it We will stand around shot through the eye and the heart and never notice we are being bled to death Never believe the truth as set before you by your enemies, is about all I would say Be alert to whatever makes no sense to you First, admit whose hands you have fallen into admit how pleased you were when you finally arrived there Devils have limos and fine china to offer carpeting made by elves and all manner of sleek hovercraft Next, watch carefully with one eye open even while asleep to discover how much blood your favorite devil is sucking from you


  2. Oswego Public Library District Oswego Public Library District says:

    Like many of Alice Walker s works, The World Will Follow Joy Turning Madness into Flowers, is a book that s good for the soul The forward gives light to Walker s encouraging perspective on life and sets the mood for the poems to follow Walker writes, The world the animals, including us humans wants to be engaged in something entirely other, seeing, and delighting in, the stark wonder of where we are This place This gift This paradise We want to follow joy And we shall Walker s ver Like many of Alice Walker s works, The World Will Follow Joy Turning Madness into Flowers, is a book that s good for the soul The forward gives light to Walker s encouraging perspective on life and sets the mood for the poems to follow Walker writes, The world the animals, including us humans wants to be engaged in something entirely other, seeing, and delighting in, the stark wonder of where we are This place This gift This paradise We want to follow joy And we shall Walker s verse in The World Will Follow Joy is usually short with a few words per line, but the impact is big Every poem feels like Walker is telling heartfelt truth With her empowering and uplifting poems, readers can trust Walker to be soulful and honest JMPlace a hold on The World Will Follow Joy Turning Madness into Flowers by Alice Walker


  3. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    Some of our best poets are aging, and this year I feel like I ve read far too many poems that look back at life and reflect This calmness and serenity, while a pleasant feeling, isn t necessarily the best fodder for compelling poetry While I admire Alice Walker and have enjoyed her poetry in the past, this volume is just not my favorite At the same time, I hope that when I am old and losing my sight, I have found ways to turn madness into flowers and violence into joy, the way she seems to ha Some of our best poets are aging, and this year I feel like I ve read far too many poems that look back at life and reflect This calmness and serenity, while a pleasant feeling, isn t necessarily the best fodder for compelling poetry While I admire Alice Walker and have enjoyed her poetry in the past, this volume is just not my favorite At the same time, I hope that when I am old and losing my sight, I have found ways to turn madness into flowers and violence into joy, the way she seems to have done One of my favorites from this volume is Hope to Sin Only in the Service of Waking Up It is a nice example of the self acceptance and optimism that seems to have permeated Walker s work although she still has quite a few reprimands to give


  4. Denise Denise says:

    The World Will Follow Joy by Alice Walker is a series of poems that display optimism and self acceptance Don t waste one moment,Trying to be someone different.Or someplace other than where you are Another example that I enjoyed is Hope to Sin in the Service of Waking Up Walker has found ways to turn madness into flowers and violence into joy Even though poetry is not my favourite genre, this was a nice diversion.


  5. Hannah Moeller Hannah Moeller says:

    Sometimes it s nice to take a step back and read good poetry However, in this collection of poems, Alice Walker does not allow the reader to step back at all Rather, she challenges us to step up and be good people who share joy and compassion with those less fortunate.


  6. Steven Tomcavage Steven Tomcavage says:

    To me, creating well written poetry takeseffort than putting your Deep Thoughts on paper and then inserting line breaks to make the line lengths incredibly short I guess what I m looking for in poetry is the space to bring in my own interpretation, and then bring in another and another interpretation with each successive reading bringing me closer to what I see as the heart of the poem These poems don t provide that space If you re looking for poetry that tells you how to think, th To me, creating well written poetry takeseffort than putting your Deep Thoughts on paper and then inserting line breaks to make the line lengths incredibly short I guess what I m looking for in poetry is the space to bring in my own interpretation, and then bring in another and another interpretation with each successive reading bringing me closer to what I see as the heart of the poem These poems don t provide that space If you re looking for poetry that tells you how to think, this book might be for you


  7. JoAnn Jordan JoAnn Jordan says:

    This is a wonderful collection of poetry It will touch your heart and move your mind Many of the lines are short and quick, carrying you forward quickly to an epiphany The work is eloquent and soulful I loved these poems and they inspired me to write some of my own.I highly recommend this beautiful volume.


  8. Nan Nan says:

    A collection of poems that begin as good ideas and interesting titles, but ultimately fail to deliver Lots of line breaks don t necessarily make for good poetry.


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    There were parts of this book that I really loved There were evenparts of this book where I agreed with what she was saying She writes of love, of truth, of trying to make the world a better,compassionate place There are some nuggets in this book that made me glad that I read it, but I felt like I had to sift through the chaff to get to them For the most part, the book didn t feel like poetry to me The lines were really short oftentimes only one word per line , and the poems di There were parts of this book that I really loved There were evenparts of this book where I agreed with what she was saying She writes of love, of truth, of trying to make the world a better,compassionate place There are some nuggets in this book that made me glad that I read it, but I felt like I had to sift through the chaff to get to them For the most part, the book didn t feel like poetry to me The lines were really short oftentimes only one word per line , and the poems didn t grab me and pull me in They didn t leave me wantingThis is just my interpretation, but some of the poems felt unfinished or too hastily put together I checked this out from my library expectingI admit, that although there were several sections I reread because I enjoyed them so much, most of the book didn t seem like anything particularly special or new


  10. Vikki Marshall Vikki Marshall says:

    This book of poetry by Alice Walker is filled with hope and the simplicity of joyfulness while also being cuttingly honest about situations that deplete the world of its true capability Walker s writing is grounded in the exposure of injustice yet somehow she manages to find a silver lining under, around and beneath the despair that others might wallow about in Here we have 64 poems to relish where we may confront our inhuman natures while being encouraged towards a participatory activism goin This book of poetry by Alice Walker is filled with hope and the simplicity of joyfulness while also being cuttingly honest about situations that deplete the world of its true capability Walker s writing is grounded in the exposure of injustice yet somehow she manages to find a silver lining under, around and beneath the despair that others might wallow about in Here we have 64 poems to relish where we may confront our inhuman natures while being encouraged towards a participatory activism going forward Her poetry is succinct and rarely sheltered by hidden meaning her words are full of impact because she dares us to care about one another


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