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

  • Cindy
    Jan 20, 2019
    If we want a better world, we have to make it ourselves. -Alice Walker This book of poetry will make you cry for the injustice in the world, and will tug your heartstrings with the innocent victims of war, and will make you feel every tenuous connection you have with the human race,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Allison
    Dec 02, 2018
    A beautiful and thought-provoking collection of poetry. -- "Try to think bigger than you ever have or had courage enough to do: that blackness is not where whiteness wanders off to die: but that it is like the dark matter between stars and galaxies in the Universe ...
  • 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...
  • Literary Jewels
    Jan 12, 2019
    Taking The Arrow Out Of The Heart by Alice Walker is a beautiful collection of poetry that is emotionally accurate and beautifully written. There is something for everyone who reads this book. Exquisite and superb and I would expect nothing but this kind of thought-provoking reading, a...
  • 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. ...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    Oct 30, 2018
    Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker Atria Books Atria / 37 INK Poetry Pub Date 02 Oct 2018 I am reviewing a copy of Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart through Atria Books and Netgalley: Alice Walker was originally going to entitled this new collection of...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Pamela
    Nov 10, 2018
    I picked up this book one morning after (yet another) mass shooting -- the second so far this month and it's only the 8th . . . Walker's words soothed me, and allowed me to cry for those I haven't met but who could so easily be mine. The Future Captured in a Heartless Fist begins, "Som...
  • 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. ...
  • 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....
  • Kathy
    Sep 25, 2018
    In Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, Alice Walker once again speaks her wisdom and tells her truths: applauding the ancestors who gave us the base we have built on; encouraging us all to activism to make right the wrongs all around us; making us face ourselves, our darkness, fears, ra...
  • Reilly Cook
    Jun 21, 2018
    As always, Alice Walker's voice is one that spans a spectrum of topics, emotions, languages, and images that bring emotionality to the endless truths of today's world, many that are beautiful, and many that are ugly. She has a natural voice for poetry, and her style is one that people ...
  • Ana
    Jan 02, 2019
    Resolvi ler quatro dos cinco livros de poesias mais votados no 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards. Votei no unico que eu tinha lido, mas achei injusta a minha forma de votar, pois percebi que assim sempre ganha os livros mais populares. Este livro merecia o primeiro lugar, porque al?...
  • 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 ...
  • 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] ...
  • 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...
  • Cantor Jacqueline
    Jan 13, 2019
    It?s lyrical. It?s powerful. It speaks her truth. Walker?s relationship with Israel and Palestine is simple for her. I have to wonder here because her own daughter is Jewish. My own relationship with Israel is loving but complicated. I love Israel?s defense in warfare; not so m...
  • Val Brown
    Oct 28, 2018
    This was just what my heart needed during this tumultuous time in the United States. It was like a hug, a warm fireplace, and when I finished it felt like I had a well deserved cry. ...