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Description - Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez

Poems of commemoration and loss for readers of all ages,from a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement andthe American Poetry Society's 2018 Wallace Stevens Award-winner.

Sonia Sanchez's collection of haiku celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism. In her verses, we hear the sounds of Max Roach "exploding in the universe," the "blue hallelujahs" of the Philadelphia Murals, and the voice of Odetta "thundering out of the earth." Sanchez sings the praises of contemporaries whose poetic alchemy turns "words into gems"- Maya Angelou, Richard Long, and Toni Morrison. And she pays homage to peace workers and civil rights activists from Rosa Parks and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to Brother Damu, founder of the National Black Environmental Justice Network. Often arranged in strings of twelve or more, the haiku flow one into the other in a steady song of commemoration. Sometimes deceptively simple, her lyrics hold a very powerful load of emotion and meaning.

There are intimate verses here for family and friends, verses of profound loss and silence, of courage and resilience. Sanchez is innovative, composing haiku in new forms, including a section of moving two-line poems that reflect on the long wake of 9/11. In a brief and personal opening essay, the poet explains her deep appreciation for haiku as an art form. With its touching portraits and by turns uplifting and heartbreaking lyrics,Morning Haikucontains some of Sanchez's freshest, most poignant work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807001318
ISBN-10: 0807001317
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 140mm x 9mm)
Pages: 120
Imprint: Beacon Press
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2011
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez--award-winning poet, activist, scholar, and formerly the Laura Carnell professor of English and women's studies at Temple University--is the author of sixteen books, including Like the Singing Coming off the Drums (Beacon / 6843-4 / $14.00 pb), Does Your House Have Lions? (Beacon / 6831-1 / $16.00 pb), Wounded in the House of a Friend (Beacon / 6827-4 / $16.00 pb), and Shake Loose My Skin (Beacon / 6853-3 / $15.00 pb).

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