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Book Title: Like the Singing Coming off the Drums: Love Poems|
The author of the book: Sonia Sanchez
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Edition: Beacon Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780807068434
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 829 KB
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Sonia Sanchez was, until a day or so ago, merely an unknown name in a giant roll call of poets unknown, but ever since I located this book on the shelf of my public library, I have not regretted meeting her.
Passionate, erotic, and delicately constructed, Sanchez's love poetry is the cream of the crop--right up there with Pablo Neruda's "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair".
However, let us not link her to the dead or the living-- she is after all a poet.
Sanchez, who stands on her own truly, has a very powerful ability to say beautiful things concerning a violent and consuming sensuality in a precise, concise, and delicate way. This ability shines in her many haiku, scattered within the book's covers like the bread of Hansel and Grettle. For instance:
"come windless invader
i am a carnival of
stars a poem of blood."
Need there be any critic's utterings in concerns to this poem? It stands on its own, like all good poetry.
Yet, Sanzhez is not merely a haiku crafter. In the latter third of her book, she turns to elgies and remembrances and odes to the living; Sanchez's subject matter ranges from Tupac to Ella Fitzgerald to Cornel West. And every poem, filled with that understated womanly power that surely is in every cell of Sanchez.
The book is for reading, loving and enjoying. I now set it on the desolate oceans of the library shelves, hoping another sailor of the line, the word, the way discovers the quiet fire of Sanchez's soul.
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Read information about the authorSonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver on September 9, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. After her mother died in childbirth a year later, Sanchez lived with her paternal grandmother and other relatives for several years. In 1943, she moved to Harlem with her sister to live with their father and his third wife.
She earned a B.A. in political science from Hunter College in 1955. She also did postgraduate work at New York University and studied poetry with Louise Bogan. Sanchez formed a writers' workshop in Greenwich Village, attended by such poets as Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Haki R. Madhubuti (Don L. Lee), and Larry Neal. Along with Madhubuti, Nikki Giovanni, and Etheridge Knight, she formed the "Broadside Quartet" of young poets, introduced and promoted by Dudley Randall.
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