Sonia Sanchez Quotes

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Come windless invader I am a carnival of Stars, a poem of blood.
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No. Don't never go looking for love girl. Just wait. It'll come. Like the rain fallin' from the heaven, it'll come. Just don't never give up on love.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.
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Let me wear the day Well so when it reaches you You will enjoy it.
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your hands humming hurricanes of beauty.
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Sonia Sanchez (Morning Haiku)
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what i need is traveling minds talktouch kisses spittouch you swimming upstream.
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Do not speak to me of martyrdom, of men who die to be remembered on some parish day. I don’t believe in dying though, I too shall die. And violets like castanets will echo me. SONIA SANCHEZ
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Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me)
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How to dance in blood and remain sane?
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Sonia Sanchez (Morning Haiku)
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Wind as old as Rome outside my window, inky fleece clouds against charcoal crushed velvet skies, fall feels soulful, like a LaBelle octave.
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Brandi L. Bates (Soledad)
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Your days still half-opened, crackle like the fires to come. Outside. The earth. Wind. Night. Unfold for you. Listen to their sounds. They have sung me seasons that never abandoned me.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.
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3. i have told you my name so there is tomorrow. 4. see me through your own eyes i am here.
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but i am what i am. woman. alone amid all this noise.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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if i had known, if i had known you, i would have left my love at home. -Haiku
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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(once upon an afternoon i became still-life i carried a balloon and a long black knife.)
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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FOR SONIA SANCHEZ
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Nikki Giovanni (Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid)
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I probably have not killed anyone in America because I write, I've maintained good controls over myself by writing.
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Sonia Sanchez
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Haiku [For you] love between us is speech and breath. loving you is a long river running
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your face like summer lightning gets caught in my voice and i draw you up from deep rivers taste your face of a thousand names see you smile a new season hear your voice a wild sea pausing in the wind
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Sonia Sanchez (Homegirls and Handgrenades)
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Is she a writer too, ma?" "No, honey. She's a lady who has lived life instead of writing about it.
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Sonia Sanchez (Homegirls and Handgrenades)
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Let her be. She got a right to be different. She gonna stumble on herself one of these days. Just let the child be.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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i gather up each sound you left behind and stretch them on our bed. each nite i breathe you and become high.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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Girl don’t you know yet that you don’t never give up on love? Don’t you know you has in you the pulse of winds? The noise of dragonflies?
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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No. Don’t never go looking for love girl. Just wait. It’ll come. Like the rain fallin’ from the heaven, it’ll come. Just don’t never give up on love.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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you, man, will you remember me when i die? will you stare and stain my death and say i saw her dancen among swallows far from the world’s obscenities? you, man, will you remember and cry?
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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Today, home from Trinidad, I thank James Arthur Baldwin for his legacy of fire. A fine rain of words when we had no tongues. He set fire to our eyes. Made a single look, gesture endure. Made a people meaningful and moral. Responsible finally for all our sweet and terrible lives.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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For we the people will always be arriving a ceremony of thunder waking up the earth opening our eyes to human monuments. And it'll get better it'll get better if we the people work, organize, resist, come together for peace, racial, social and sexual justice it'll get better it'll get better.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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i told them that men and women are measured by their acts not by their swaggering speech or walk, or the money they have stashed between their legs.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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Where there are many men without honor, there will always be some others who bear in themselves the honor of many men.
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Sonia Sanchez (The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story)
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Answer me. Where does a Black woman go when she is me, trailed by myths that this country has invented about her? Where to go to, when all of you have been there already, and claimed the turf as your own and you watch the rest of us shipwrecked by circumstance and color, looking. Waiting. Needing.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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And you told us: the storm is rising against the privileged minority of the earth, from which there is no shelter in isolation or armament and you told us: the storm will not abate until a just distribution of the fruits of the earth enables men (and women) everywhere to live in dignity and human decency.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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To P.J. (2 yrs old who sed write a poem for me in Portland, Oregon) if i cud ever write a poem as beautiful as u little 2/yr/old/brotha, I wud laugh, jump, leap up and touch the stars cuz u be the poem i try for each time i pick up a pen and paper. u. and Morani and Mungu be our blue/blk/stars that will shine on our lives and makes us finally BE. if i cud ever write a poem as beautiful as u, little 2/yr/old/brotha, poetry wud go out of bizness.
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this country might have been a pio neer land once. but. there ain’t no mo indians blowing custer’s mind with a different image of america. this country might have needed shoot/ outs/daily/ once. but. there ain’t no mo real/white/ allamerican bad/guys. just. u & me. blk/and un/armed. this country might have been a pion eer land. once. and it still is. check out the falling gun/shells on our blk/tomorrows.
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Sonia Sanchez
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This is the time for the creative Man. Woman. Who must decide that She. He. Can live in peace. Racial and sexual justice on this earth. This is the time for you and me. African American. Whites. Latinos. Gays. Asians. Jews. Native Americans. Lesbians. Muslims. All of us must finally bury the elitism of race superiority the elitism of sexual superiority the elitism of economic superiority the elitism of religious superiority So we welcome you on the celebration of 218 years Philadelphia. America.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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When I first saw [James Baldwin] on television in the early sixties, I felt immediately a kinship with this man whose anger and disappointment with America's contradictions transformed his face into a warrior's face, whose tongue transformed our massacres into triumphs. And he left behind a hundred TV deaths: scholars, writers, teachers, and journalists shipwrecked by his revivals and sermons. And the Black audiences watched and shouted amen and felt clean and conscious and chosen.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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death is a five o'clock door forever changing time.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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i saw you vincent van gogh perched on those pennsylvania cornfields communing amid secret black bird societies. yes.
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The news of [James Baldwin's] death reached me in Trinidad around midnight. I was lecturing in the country about African-American literature and liberation, longevity and love, commitment and courage. I could not sleep. I got up and walked out of my hotel room into a night filled with stars. And I sat down in the park and talked to him. About the world. About his work. How grateful we all are that he walked on the earth, that he breathed, that he preached, that he came toward us baptizing us with his holy words. And some of us were saved because of him. Harlem man. Genius. Piercing us with his eyes and his pen. How to write of this beautiful big-eyed man who took on the country with his words? How to make anyone understand his beauty in a country that hates Blacks?
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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It is essential that we always repeat: we the people, we the people, we the people.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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What do I think about my neighbors? These people. These people who have sprayed the word nigger on my door. These people who finally threatened my children. My children did you hear me? Have you ever held a child in your arms while she shook her insides out? She was so scared I cried her to sleep. How do you ever tell a child again that she's safe? Huh? What do I think of these people? Huh? What should anyone think? What should you reporters think? What should the city think? What should the mayor think? What should the country think?
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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And you challenged us to breathe in Bernard Haring's words: the materialistic growth--mania for more and more production and more and more markets for selling unnecessary and even damaging products is a sin against the generation to come what shall we leave to them: rubbish, atomic weapons numerous enough to make the earth uninhabitable, a poisoned atmosphere, polluted water?
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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This earth is hard symmetry This earth of feverish war This earth inflamed with hate
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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And I crept into my eyes. Alone with my daydreams of being woman.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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some times i dream bout u & me runnen down a street laughin. me no older u no younger than we be.
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Sonia Sanchez (We a BaddDDD People.)
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am gonna take me seriously. toooday. & study myself.
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Sonia Sanchez (We a BaddDDD People.)
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how sad it must be to love so many women to need so many black perfumed bodies weeping underneath you.
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Sonia Sanchez (We a BaddDDD People.)
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yeh. billie. if someone had love u like u shud have been loved ain't no tellin what kinds of songs u wud have swung gainst this country's wite mind. or what kinds of lyrics wud have pushed us from our blue / nites. yeh. billie. if some blk / man had reallee made u feel permanentlee warm. ain't no tellen where the jazz of yo/songs wud have led us.
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Sonia Sanchez (We a BaddDDD People.)
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love between us is speech and breath. loving you is a long river running.
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it is midnight no magical bewitching hour for me i know only that i am here waiting remembering that once as a child i walked two miles in my sleep. did i know then where i was going? traveling. i’m always traveling. i want to tell you about me about nights on a brown couch when i wrapped my bones in lint and refused to move. no one touches me anymore. father do not send me out among strangers. you you black man stretching scraping the mold from your body. here is my hand. i am not afraid of the night. - Poem at thirty
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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did ya ever cry Black man, did ya ever cry til you knocked all over? - Haiku
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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They were coming again, those words insistent as his hands had been, pounding inside me, demanding their time and place. I relaxed as my hands moved across the paper like one possessed.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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They’s men and mens. Some good. Some bad. Some breathing death. Some breathing life.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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We all gotta salute death one time or ’nother girl. Death be waitin’ outdoors trying to get inside.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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Her humming became the only sound in the park. Her voice moved across the bench like a mutilated child. And I cried. For myself. For this woman talkin’ about love. For all the women who have ever stretched their bodies out anticipating civilization and finding ruins.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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Help me, Sandy. Listen to my talk. Hold my hand when I git too sad. Laugh at my fears that keep poppin’ out on me like some childhood disease. Be my vaccine, babee. I need you. Don’t ever leave me, babee, cuz I’ll never have a love like you again. I’ll never have another woman again if you leave me.
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)
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this day is not real. the crowing of the far-away carillons ring out direction less. even you are un real roasting under a man hattan sky while passersby flap their indecent tongues. even i am un real but i am black and thought to be without meaning. - on seeing Pacifist burn
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Sonia Sanchez (Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems)