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