Product Code: 6910
Binding Information: Cloth
Size: 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" Inches
Copyright Date Ed: 02/01/2010
Trade Code: 00C
Price: $19.95 In stock.
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From a renowned African American poet, a new book of poems of celebration and loss for readers of all ages
This new volume by the much-loved poet Sonia Sanchez, her first in over a decade, is music to the ears: a collection of haiku that celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism. In her verses, we hear the sounds of Max Roach "exploding in the universe," the "blue hallelujahs" of the Philadelphia Murals, and the voice of Odetta "thundering out of the earth." Sanchez sings the praises of contemporaries whose poetic alchemy turns "words into gems": Maya Angelou, Richard Long, and Toni Morrison. And she pays homage to peace workers and civil rights activists from Rosa Parks and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to Brother Damu, founder of the National Black Environmental Justice Network. Often arranged in strings of twelve or more, the haiku flow one into the other in a steady song of commemoration. Sometimes deceptively simple, her lyrics hold a very powerful load of emotion and meaning.
There are intimate verses here for family and friends, verses of profound loss and silence, of courage and resilience. Sanchez is innovative, composing haiku in new forms, including a section of moving two-line poems that reflect on the long wake of 9/11. In a brief and personal opening essay, the poet explains her deep appreciation for haiku as an art form. With its touching portraits and by turns uplifting and heartbreaking lyrics, Morning Haiku
contains some of Sanchez's freshest, most poignant work.
In the Media
for Eugene Redmond
Sonia Sanchez's interview on the Tavis Smiley Show
including a dramatic reading of one of her haikus
to watch an interview with Sanchez on The Washington Post
blog, The Roots.
Review Essence - December 17, 2009
“Sonia Sanchez’s poetry is a must for all readers. Period.”
Review Booklist - February 1, 2010
“Sanchez’s bright and dancing poems shimmer with surprising juxtapositions, unexpected flight patterns, and leap-frog associations. Their brevity seems built for speed, but their lyricism and warmth inspire lingering, savoring, reading, and re-reading, perhaps aloud.”
Review Philadelphia Weekly - February 16, 2010
"Though Sanchez has contributed so much to American writing, her body of work is an ocean created from raindrops; each word is carefully chosen then planted in a space—a speech, a play, a poem—where it grows in nuanced, unexpected ways. This is why Sanchez is at her finest in Morning Haiku
, her latest collection of poems and the first in over a decade. Through the collection, Sanchez gives thanks, praise and meditation to black artists who’ve “made the transition,” as she says, from dust to dust."
Review Rain Taxi Review of Books - March 1, 2010
“Sanchez’s haiku is as simple and clear as breathing, but with everything that brings energy and vivacity to being alive.”
Review The Root - August 4, 2010
“…the newly released collection of poetry Morning Haiku
, her first in more than a decade—drenches her words in honey goodness so they sound like the sweetest thang you've ever heard…”
Review Alabama Writer's Forum - August 1, 2010
shows Sonia Sanchez’s gift for breathing life into language. It makes this reader yearn for more of her one-breath poems.”
"Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature's forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly."
Praise for Sonia Sanchez
"Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise so much pain with so much beauty."
"Sanchez's powers of empathy shine with rare luminosity."
—Paula Friedman, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Does Your House Have Lions? is a work of love and art that confirms Ms. Sanchez as one of the nation's finest poets."
—Haki R. Madhubuti
"The poetry of Sonia Sanchez is full of power and yet always clean and uncluttered. It makes you wish you had thought those thoughts, felt those emotions, and, above all, expressed them so effortlessly and so well."
"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."
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