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On sale Mar 21, 2023 | 112 Pages | 978-0-8070-1295-6
Winner of the American Book Award

A classic of the Black Arts Movement brought back to life in a refreshed edition

“A lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly.”—Maya Angelou

Originally published in 1984, this collection of prose, prose poems, and lyric verses is as fresh and radical today as it was then. Sonia Sanchez, the premiere poet of the Black Arts Movement, shows the “razor blades” in clenched in her teeth in these powerful pieces.
“Sonia Sanchez’s poetry is a must for all readers. Period.”
Essence

“With an unblinking and critical poet’s eye, Sonia Sanchez has been setting her readers straight, telling the ‘terrible beauty,’ and reflecting images in ways that simultaneously solicit tears and laughter . . . . She has not given up the struggle to let her poetry be what she refers to as a ‘call to arms’ for her people.”
—Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Ms.

“Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise so much pain with so much beauty.”
—Isabel Allende

“Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly. . . . This world is a better place because of Sonia Sanchez: move livable, more laughable, more manageable. I wish millions of people knew that some of the joy in their lives comes from the fact that Sonia Sanchez is writing poetry.”
—Maya Angelou

“Her songs of destruction and loss scrape the heart; her praise songs thunder and revitalize. We need these songs for our journey together into the next century.”
—Joy Harjo
Sonia Sanchez is an award-winning poet, activist, scholar, and formerly the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University, and is currently a poet-in-residence there. She is the author of sixteen books, including Like the Singing Coming off the Drums, Does Your House Have Lions?, Wounded in the House of a Friend, Shake Loose My Skin, and Morning Haiku. View titles by Sonia Sanchez
THE POWER OF LOVE

Poem No. 10
Welcome Home, My Prince
After the Fifth Day
Haiku
Story
Haiku
“Just Don’t Never Give Up on Love”

BLUES IS BULLETS

Poem Written After Reading Wright’s “American Hunger”
Blues
Norma
Depression
Ballad
To All Brothers: From All Sisters
Poem No. 12
A Song
After Saturday Night Comes Sunday

BEYOND THE FALLOUT

Bluebirdbluebirdthrumywindow
Haiku
I Have Walked a Long Time
Kaleidoscope
On Passing thru Morgantown, Pa.
Masks
On Seeing a Pacifist Burn
Traveling on an Amtrak Train Could Humanize You

GRENADES ARE NOT FREE

Bubba
A Poem for Paul
From a Black Feminist Conference
Haiku
A Letter to Ezekiel Mphahlele
Reflections After the June 12th March for Disarmament
A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King
MIAS

About the Author

About

Winner of the American Book Award

A classic of the Black Arts Movement brought back to life in a refreshed edition

“A lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly.”—Maya Angelou

Originally published in 1984, this collection of prose, prose poems, and lyric verses is as fresh and radical today as it was then. Sonia Sanchez, the premiere poet of the Black Arts Movement, shows the “razor blades” in clenched in her teeth in these powerful pieces.

Praise

“Sonia Sanchez’s poetry is a must for all readers. Period.”
Essence

“With an unblinking and critical poet’s eye, Sonia Sanchez has been setting her readers straight, telling the ‘terrible beauty,’ and reflecting images in ways that simultaneously solicit tears and laughter . . . . She has not given up the struggle to let her poetry be what she refers to as a ‘call to arms’ for her people.”
—Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Ms.

“Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise so much pain with so much beauty.”
—Isabel Allende

“Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly. . . . This world is a better place because of Sonia Sanchez: move livable, more laughable, more manageable. I wish millions of people knew that some of the joy in their lives comes from the fact that Sonia Sanchez is writing poetry.”
—Maya Angelou

“Her songs of destruction and loss scrape the heart; her praise songs thunder and revitalize. We need these songs for our journey together into the next century.”
—Joy Harjo

Author

Sonia Sanchez is an award-winning poet, activist, scholar, and formerly the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University, and is currently a poet-in-residence there. She is the author of sixteen books, including Like the Singing Coming off the Drums, Does Your House Have Lions?, Wounded in the House of a Friend, Shake Loose My Skin, and Morning Haiku. View titles by Sonia Sanchez

Table of Contents

THE POWER OF LOVE

Poem No. 10
Welcome Home, My Prince
After the Fifth Day
Haiku
Story
Haiku
“Just Don’t Never Give Up on Love”

BLUES IS BULLETS

Poem Written After Reading Wright’s “American Hunger”
Blues
Norma
Depression
Ballad
To All Brothers: From All Sisters
Poem No. 12
A Song
After Saturday Night Comes Sunday

BEYOND THE FALLOUT

Bluebirdbluebirdthrumywindow
Haiku
I Have Walked a Long Time
Kaleidoscope
On Passing thru Morgantown, Pa.
Masks
On Seeing a Pacifist Burn
Traveling on an Amtrak Train Could Humanize You

GRENADES ARE NOT FREE

Bubba
A Poem for Paul
From a Black Feminist Conference
Haiku
A Letter to Ezekiel Mphahlele
Reflections After the June 12th March for Disarmament
A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King
MIAS

About the Author

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