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Sonia Sanchez

  • i have learned it / ain't like they say / in the newspapers.

    • Sonia Sanchez,
    • title poem, Homecoming ()
  • if i cud ever write a poem as beautiful / as u, little 2/yr/old/brotha, / poetry wud go out of bizness.

    • Sonia Sanchez,
    • "to P.J. (2 yrs old who sed write a poem for me in Portland, Oregon)," It's a New Day ()
  • we can be anything we want / for we are the young ones / walken without footprints ...

    • Sonia Sanchez,
    • "We Can Be," It's a New Day ()
  • nine months passed and my body / heavy with the knowledge of gods / turned landward, came to rest.

    • Sonia Sanchez,
    • "Rebirth," A Blues Book for Blue Black Magical Women ()
  • The most fundamental truth to be told in any art form, as far as Blacks are concerned, is that America is killing us.

    • Sonia Sanchez,
    • in Mari Evans, ed., Black Women Writers (1950-1980) ()
  • ... the woods, tall as waves, sang in mixed / tongues that loosened the scalp ...

  • And the words loved me and I loved them in return.

  • So much of growing up is an unbearable waiting. A constant longing for another time. Another season.

  • You can't have relationships with other people until you give birth to yourself.

    • Sonia Sanchez,
    • in Houston A. Baker, Jr., "Our Lady," in Henry Louis Gates, Jr., ed., Reading Black, Reading Feminist ()
  • I probably have not killed anyone in America because I write, I've maintained good controls over myself by writing.

    • Sonia Sanchez
  • blues ain't culture / they sounds of / oppression / against the white man's / shit.

    • Sonia Sanchez,
    • "liberation/poem," We a BaddDDD People ()

Sonia Sanchez, U.S. writer, poet, educator

(1934)

Born: Wilsonia Benita Driver.