Throw Back Thursday Book Review – Hard Times Require Furious Dancing By Alice Walker

In honor of the fact that February is Black History Month and that this past Monday was Alice Walker’s birthday, I thought it might be a nice time to revisit my review of Walker’s beautiful book of poetry, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing.


Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New PoemsHard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems by Alice Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

** Throwback Thursday Book Review **

I read Hard Times Require Furious Dancing a few years ago, after discovering the book on a shelf at a local book store and wrote this review:

“Although I had read (and loved) The Color Purple, I never read any of Alice Walker’s poetry until I came upon Hard Times Require Furious Dancing in a local bookstore. I am a sucker for a good title and this one caught my eye. I was also intrigued by the beautiful illustrations on the cover and scattered throughout the book. Although, I do not have many poetry books in my personal library (although I am sure that is going to change in the near future), I knew, after a quick skim of some of the poems, that I needed to bring this book home. I strongly recommend poems like: “We Pay a Visit to Those Who Play At Being Dead,” “Some Lovers,” “I Will Keep Broken Things,” and “Calling All Grand Mothers.” I personally enjoyed this collection very much and look forward to reading more of Alice’s poetry in the future.”

Since then I have become addicted to great poetry and my collection of poetry books has grown significantly. But, no matter how many books of poetry I add to my collection, Alice Walker’s Hard Times Require Furious Dancing can more than hold its own and still has pride of place on my shelf next to my books of Maya Angelou poems.

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Speaking of Alice Walker, the CSLJ Book Club will be reading Alice Walker’s The Color Purple over the summer. Click here to get more details or to join in all the fun!

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