Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez

Birmingham, Alabama United States
Sonia Sanchez
Birmingham, Alabama United States
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Sonia Sanchez (born Wilsonia Benita Driver; September 9, 1934) is an African-American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as short stories, critical essays, plays, and children's books. She was a recipient of 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts. In 2001, Sanchez was the recipi ...
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Personal Letter No. 3
nothing will keep
us young you know
not young men or
women who spin
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2.
Ballad
forgive me if i laugh
you are so sure of love
you are so young
and i too old to learn of love.
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A Love Poem Written for Sterling Brown
I'm gonna get me some mummy tape for your love
preserve it for 3000 years or more
I'm gonna let the world see you
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Under a Soprano Sky
once i lived on pillars in a green house
boarded by lilacs that rocked voices into weeds.
i bled an owl's blood
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Present
This woman vomiting her
hunger over the world
this melancholy woman forgotten
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11 November 2014
...I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.
11 November 2014
... in order to be a true revolutionary, you must understand love. Love, sacrifice, and death.
11 November 2014
The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the "Negro's" reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.

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American 02 May 2020
It is interesting to me how people who identify as " white" are often quick to point out " If a white person had done this, it would be racist." The thing is, white people have almost always done the " X" action in question, and yes...it is racist, though somehow other " white" people don't seem to be as quick to point out this racist behavior, favoring to scrutinize and hypothetically reverse actions of People Of Color instead.
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Sheila Sharpe 27 May 2019
once more I have tried to make sense of the poem TCB by Sonia Sanchez and once more have to state again that such a deeply racist poem should never have been published, for it has no artistic merit whatsoever, and certainly did not require very much effort to out together. If a " white" person had written such a piece they would have been condemned as racist.
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Jessica Heafield 27 May 2019
The poem " TCB" by Sonia Sanchez is one of the most repulsive so called poems I have ever had the misfortune to read. One wonders how she ever managed to get this published. It certainly did not take long to write and is deeply unpleasant
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Sheila Sharpe 25 March 2019
Sonia Sanchez's poem TCB - is not included here, and thank the Lord for it. Why write like this, why not use words as they should be used, to evoke, to provoke thought, not to be racist as she is in this poem"
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jameel 23 March 2018
sonia sanchez lived underthe sea
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Cajan Simmonds 12 September 2017
Hii how are you
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Fabrizio Frosini 02 March 2016
sorry.. I had to add that what I posted 1 minute ago, about Sonia Sanchez, comes from Wikipedia..
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Fabrizio Frosini 02 March 2016
Sonia Sanchez (born Wilsonia Benita Driver, September 9,1934) is an African-American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as short stories, critical essays, plays, and children's books. She was a recipient of 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts. Sanchez was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 9,1934.[1] Her mother died when Sanchez was only a year old, so she spent several years being shuttled back and forth among relatives. One of those was her grandmother, who died when Sanchez was six.[2] In 1943, she moved to Harlem to live with her father, her sister, and her stepmother, who was her father's third wife. In 1955, Sanchez received a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College, where she had also taken several creative writing courses. Later, she completed postgraduate work at New York University, where she studied poetry with Louise Bogan. Although her first marriage to Albert Sanchez did not last, Sonia Sanchez would retain her professional name. In 1972, she joined the Nation of Islam, but left the organization after three years in 1975 because her views on women's rights conflicted with theirs. She taught 5th Grade in NYC at the Downtown Community School, until 1967. Sanchez has taught as a professor at eight universities and has lectured at over 500 college campuses across the US, including Howard University. She advocated the introduction of Black Studies courses in California. Sanchez was the first to create and teach a course based on Black Women and literature in the United States. Sanchez was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began working in 1977. There, she held the Laura Carnell chair until her retirement in 1999. She is currently a poet-in-residence at Temple University.
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Marques De Valia 20 September 2014
she is Down the page at poemhunter says please add a bunch of characters to take up space. Sonia chooses her words with Care.
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