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, Presented in both English and Spanish, Alice Walker shares a timely collection of nearly seventy works of passionate and p...

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Title:Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart
Author:Alice Walker
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart Reviews

  • Lori
    Sep 10, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kent Winward
    Nov 10, 2018
    I liked it, but it is a sign of the times when even poetry seems partisan. ...
  • Tommy
    Nov 10, 2018
    First, I should mention that this book features both the English and Spanish translations of these poems, so while the book has 250+ pages, half of those are in a second language. Alice returns to many recent themes - from her Buddhist-rooted beliefs to how to navigate the choppy a...
  • William Lawrence
    May 16, 2019
    This is poetry at its best. Walker is outspoken about society, politics, history, major figures of our times. There's no dancing around the problems. This is the real world. Walker presents ideas, concepts, and feelings gracefully. Honestly, her fiction never drew me in the way her poe...
  • Liz
    Oct 14, 2018
    A really gorgeous collection of poems that are both intensely political and intensely personal (which is always the case). Each poem is presented first in Spanish and then in English, and as a bilingual reader, I loved reading them that way and having different parts of each poem hit m...
  • Linda Brunner
    Jan 01, 2019
    I can't think of a better way to start 2019 than to be reading Alice Walker's Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart. The title spoke to the arrow in my own heart and this past year that has pierced so many of our hearts with the most base of behaviors exhibited by leadership and those in p...
  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    Aug 18, 2018
    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 qu...
  • Maris
    Nov 12, 2018
    Addendum: I think with the recent news of Alice Walker's antisemitic remarks this poetry collection should be taken with a grain of salt. Do I believe that there are significant problems with Palestinian oppression? Absolutely. Do these issues frequently get glossed over because of the...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jun 17, 2018
    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 ...
  • Nathaniel Darkish
    Jun 27, 2018
    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. ...
  • James
    May 11, 2019
    From Alice Walker comes an appreciation of those who helped educate us, Taking my seat I bow to my sorrow. Breathing in I thank my teachers who are all around me. Breathing out I thank them more. ...
  • Leigh Kramer
    Dec 08, 2018
    This is a solid collection that grapples with current events, interspersed with poems dedicated to important people and figures in Walker's life. The result is both intimate and fierce. I didn't always agree with Walker's perspective but I could see where she was coming from, most of t...
  • Nichole
    Mar 22, 2019
    Anything written by Alice Walker will be urgent, empathetic, and timeless. Her works have been with me since my teen years, sharpening my awareness of the world we all live in. I will always be amazed by this woman and her commitment to global well-being. ...
  • Kirsten Tattersall
    Oct 02, 2018
    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. ...
  • Casey
    Jan 07, 2019
    I was thinking going into this poetry collection that it would have that hard hitting intensity that Alice Walker is known for, but instead she went for a more somber approach and while she is still the queen of epistolary, I don't know if (for me) she nailed it here in her poetry...
  • Kara Leann
    Dec 19, 2018
    Thank you Atria for the free review copy via Netgalley. Absolutely breathtaking collection of poetry. I truly felt all the highs and lows throughout her poems. I also loved that she dedicated the poems to various people. So relevant for this day in age and beautifully done. ...
  • Keondra Freemyn
    Jun 15, 2019
    not my favorite walker poetry collection but i enjoyed her sentiments in this work. i am grateful that walker is still writing and chronicling the injustices of our time. ...
  • Krystal
    Jun 10, 2018
    Alice Walker provides readers a much needed meditation on issues past and current, with wisdom and insight galore! ...
  • Ka’leneReads
    Oct 07, 2018
    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 ...
  • Susie Dumond
    Sep 24, 2018
    Alice Walker is a legend for a reason. This collection is powerful and political, full of anger at the violence and discrimination in the world, as well as hope for a better future. Walker reflects on her travels, the people who inspire her, and folks trying to make a difference today....
  • Meredith Burkart
    May 30, 2019
    I love poems. It?s comforting to hear men and women feel things?even if they don?t feel the same as me?because they?re feeling strongly! And they didn?t post it all over social media, or with a loud selfie. No, they wrote it down and stored it up, maybe took it out and e...
  • Melissa
    Nov 12, 2018
    2.5/5 I don?t normally read poetry (aside from Dr. Seuss ?) but I figured I?d give it a shot as Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart is one of the Goodreads nominees for the poetry category. Perhaps I don?t know how to appreciate this specific style of poetry (or maybe it?s ...
  • Tamara
    Mar 06, 2019
    Great read! ...
  • Alyse Stolz
    Oct 24, 2018
    Poems about grief and love and suffering and hope. My heart and soul needed these. ?Never pass up an opportunity to kiss That sweet, futile, but delectable attempt to touch and to experience that most secret consciousness Of a being you may never know? I mean come on! My h...
  • hannah ✧/ᐠ-ꞈ-ᐟ\ (on hiatus)
    May 26, 2018
    oh my god. alice walker is releasing a book of poems. I need this in my life. like right now. [image error] ...
  • Dele Haynes
    Jan 31, 2019
    This is a collection of 70 poems that are a reflection of our times. They also give a little insight into Alice Walker's life and the many paths she has walked down. Many of these short poems held very strong messages. I'll probably return to these poems many time. ...
  • Tom McDonald
    Oct 01, 2018
    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. 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...
  • Zitong Ren
    May 20, 2019
    DNF at page 106/131. Most of the poems here are so deep and full of meaning and philosophical thoughts and they are truely beautiful, but if I am being honest, I am not someone that reads poetry, and in fact this is my first proper ?poetry? book discounting verse novels and read...
  • Jake Miller
    Jan 21, 2019
    Great collection of poems that addresses tons of modern social justice issues, both domestic and global. Many of these could be pulled out in a class to talk about systemic issues occurring in the world today. Walker comes across as thoughtful, caring, and humane because of the breadth...
  • Erin Nguyễn
    Feb 09, 2019
    A look into a world full of injustices and heartbreak. ...