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Sonia Sanchez (1) (1934–)

Author of Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems

For other authors named Sonia Sanchez, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Born in Alabama, educated in New York City, Sanchez is a leading poet of the Black Arts Movement, whose poetry is written from political, economic, and social concerns as well as literary ones. Although her literary focus has been primarily to express her experience as an African American woman, show more Sanchez claims, "if you write from a black experience, you're writing from a universal experience as well." Sanchez's poems are direct, colloquial, and often militant. Many of her works are for children, such as her "poems for young brothas and sistuhs," as she puts it in It's a New Day (1971). Yet she also writes with tenderness about love. As academic interest in the voices of women and African Americans has intensified, critical interest in and acceptance of Sanchez's work has increased. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story (2021) — Contributor — 1,403 copies
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Contributor — 590 copies
The Black Poets (1983) — Contributor — 351 copies
A Burst of Light (1988) — Foreword, some editions — 271 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 208 copies
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contributor — 168 copies
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Contributor — 141 copies
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contributor — 122 copies
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) — Contributor — 120 copies
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Contributor — 106 copies
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 98 copies
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Contributor — 96 copies
Life Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women (1994) — Contributor — 79 copies
Wild Women Don't Wear No Blues (1993) — Contributor — 76 copies
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Contributor — 75 copies
Black Women in Antiquity (1800) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Best American Poetry 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 56 copies
Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (2016) — Contributor — 54 copies
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Contributor — 46 copies
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Contributor — 40 copies
The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent (2017) — Introduction, some editions — 34 copies
The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007) — Contributor — 33 copies
Catch the Fire!!! (1998) — Contributor — 28 copies
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Contributor — 22 copies
360: A Revolution of Black Poets (1998) — Contributor — 9 copies
Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky (2016) — Contributor — 3 copies
Benjamin's Spectacles (2007) — Selected by — 2 copies

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Beautiful tributes to prominent Black artists and activists
 
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AAPremlall | 2 other reviews | Jul 23, 2023 |
For over six decades, Sonia Sanchez has been a fiercely powerful -- and empowering -- voice for all of us, and for people of color in particular. Her contributions as a writer, an educator, and an activist have been invaluable. Gathering highlights from all of Ms. Sanchez's poetry, this compilation is sure to inspire love and community engagement.
 
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PendleHillLibrary | Jun 19, 2023 |
Totally not an interesting or good for me.

Using the term haiku for phrase snippets and then stringing 15 together to make a poem - why call it haiku? Haiku get their strength from their form - not from twisting it.
 
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andreas.wpv | 2 other reviews | Oct 2, 2010 |
Morning Haiku is a slim collection of haiku compositions, most of which celebrate the lives and mourn the deaths of prominent African-American musicians, singers, writers, and activists. My favorite poem is 10 haiku (for Philadelphia Murals), which pays tribute to the murals created through the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Morning Haiku is a gentle and evocative collection of poems, one that I'll return to repeatedly for greater enjoyment and appreciation.
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kidzdoc | 2 other reviews | Apr 7, 2010 |

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