In Celebration of Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez. Source: Amherst College.

Sonia Sanchez’s poetry has been held close. Her words have been memorized, recited, and read by eager minds for generations. Reveling in her rhythms is an exploration. Readers continue to find tremendous beauty and profound truth in her words. 

Earlier this month, Ms. Sanchez was awarded the Gish Prize for her poetry and activism. According to the Gish Prize Trust, the prize is given annually “to a highly accomplished artist from any discipline who has pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change, and paved the way for the next generation.” Congratulations, Ms. Sanchez.

To Anita

high/yellow/black/girl
walken like the sun u be.
move on even higher.
those who
laugh at yo/color
have not moved
to the blackness we be about
cuz as Curtis Mayfield be sayen
we people be darker than blue
and quite a few
of us be yellow
all soul/shades of
blackness.
yeah. high/yellow/black/girl
walk yo/black/song
cuz some of us
be hearen yo/sweet/music.

-Sonia Sanchez

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