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Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems Paperback – Illustrated, Sept. 6 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 107 ratings

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“[These poems] grow as naturally on the page as grass and flowers, yet never try to conceal a terrain of early graves, emotional land mines, and levies of sorrow.”
Gloria Steinem

“A lifeboat in a storm, warm soup in the mouth, a rhumba in the streets of the heart.”
Jack Kornfield

“These are powerful anthems of womanhood and age, although just as likely to be empowering to men and to the not-yet-old.”

“Walker’s many fans won’t be disappointed by this book.”
Publishers Weekly

“The poems sing of joy and pain, loss and grief, love and transformation, with results that are redemptive.…Highly recommended for all readers of contemporary poetry and for anyone interested in African American literature.”
Library Journal

“Her poems are intimate and moving, and, like the deepest of heart-to-heart conversations with one who knows us well, they touch the places that hurt, acknowledge the pain, and shine healing light on it.”
Spirituality & Health

About the Author

Alice Walker is known around the world for her fiction, poetry, essays, and human rights activism. She was honored with the 2010 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New World Library; Illustrated edition (Sept. 6 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 184 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1608681882
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1608681884
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 181 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 1.52 x 20.32 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 107 ratings

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About Shiloh Sophia

Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure narrated by the creative fire of her Muse! She has been painting, writing poetry, publishing books and teaching at universities, the United Nations and in her own programs and around the world for over twenty years.

Her soul work is inspired by the idea that self expression, the freedom to express what each person thinks and feels in the world, is a basic human right. Her research and development around this idea has focused on serving women and girls through giving them access to methods of transformational art-making through stories, symbols and inquiry.

Shiloh is the co-curator and founder of the Intentional Creativity Foundation and Cosmic Cowgirls, a woman and girl owned school that serves between 500 and 5000 women a month through revolutionary education, both on-line and on-location. Musea Sophia, the site of the Cosmic Cowgirls’ school, inn and museum, is located in Sonoma County, California.

Shiloh Sophia has also founded a teacher training program, Color of Woman, which certifies women to teach Intentional Creativity worldwide. Currently there are close to 200 teachers in the lineage who are part of the Intentional Creatives Guild.

Shiloh has brought the technology of Intentional Creativity to academic settings by teaching at universities in Global PhD and Masters programs. She has also presented her work and research at the United Nations 4 years in a row at UNCSW.

Shiloh has published many books on creativity, including coloring books and journals, and has illustrated books and decks including the Mother Mary Oracle with Alana Fairchild and Hard Times Require Furious Dancing for Alice Walker. Her most recent book, Tea with the Midnight Muse, features twenty years of poetry as invocation, along with inquiries to spark your Muse fuse!

Intentional Creativity, an intuitive painting process accessing internal imagery and story, has ancient origins. From explaining our relationship with everything from the cosmos to the Great Spirit, human nature is to create art with intention. Shiloh’s lineage of intentional creativity comes to us from New Deal artist Lenore Thomas Straus, who trained Shiloh’s mentor, artist Sue Hoya Sellars. Sue and Shiloh’s mother, poet Caron McCloud, worked together with Shiloh to bring the method to the world.

Shiloh lives in the vineyard lined hills with her husband, Jonathan, who is also a poet and artist. Their Muses can be found most mornings having tea and discussing quantum physics, philosophy and sacred texts in the Red Thread Cafe. Avant garde. Curate. Culture.

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Grylla S. Noab
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring title, inspiring mind dance
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Ms Clare Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Alice Walker and her writing
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