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Sonia Sanchez’s ‘magic/now’: Black History, Haiku and Healing – Juxtapositions | The Haiku Foundation

ABSTRACT: Sonia Sanchez has chosen haiku for many decades to create magic in the now and to throw down sacred words with the power of healing past trauma. As a writer of the Black Arts movement, like Amiri Baraka, she has also consistently affirmed African culture and turned to an “ancient image” of African civilization to nurture her vision. This paper explores Sanchez’s wide-ranging development of new strategies within haiku — techniques that, in the words of Baraka, “raise up, return, destroy, and create,” knocking down almost all of the traditional conventions for haiku to chart her own journey as a Black woman poet. The paper especially investigates Sonia Sanchez’s relationship to the natural world, to the artist’s path of creativity, and the pendulum swings she makes between human relationships and the natural world. Her continuing attention to African culture has allowed her to lay claim to natural images within haiku while navigating the tensions of an exploitative, nihilistic past that destroyed African life as ordinary practice. Sonia Sanchez covers a wide range of historical topics in her haiku, including the 1985 MOVE bombing in West Philadelphia, the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, and the courageous actions of Harriet Tubman in the abolitionist movement affirming a collective consciousness and implicitly calling for increased activism for social justice. Sonia Sanchez relates her own understanding of spirituality, self-discovery, and scholarship to her reading of Egyptian and West African philosophies that affirm unbroken connections between the New World and African civilizations, and these connections inevitably influence her approach to writing haiku.

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by Meta L. Schettler

 

we be. gonna be
even after being. black
mass has always been. (I’ve Been a Woman 79)

Source: Sonia Sanchez’s ‘magic/now’: Black History, Haiku and Healing

Toni Morrison’s Final Thoughts at “Art and Social Justice” – Stella Adler Studio of Acting – YouTube

Gloria Steinem on Instagram: “This morning in Paris, Kate Millett died of cardiac arrest. Her ashes will come home, but for now, remember that, as Andrea Dworkin said…” • Instagram

10.3k Likes, 74 Comments – Gloria Steinem (@gloriasteinem) on Instagram:

  • gloriasteinemThis morning in Paris, Kate Millett died of cardiac arrest. Her ashes will come home, but for now, remember that, as Andrea Dworkin said, “The world was asleep but Kate Millett woke it up.” Sexual Politics — and all Kate’s work — will keep us Woke.

Source: Gloria Steinem on Instagram: “This morning in Paris, Kate Millett died of cardiac arrest. Her ashes will come home, but for now, remember that, as Andrea Dworkin said…” • Instagram

A Longhouse Birdhouse: SONIA SANCHEZ ~

 

A Longhouse Birdhouse: SONIA SANCHEZ ~.

Frank Sherlock is Philadelphia’s second poet laureate

Frank Sherlock , whose appointment is to be announced by Mayor Nutter on Friday, succeeds Sonia Sanchez. “I think Frank Sherlock will make things happen,” said the head of the poet laureate governing committee.

Frank Sherlock is Phila.’s second poet laureate.

Sonia Sanchez on activism and poetry / MSNBC via Silliman’s Blog

Sonia Sanchez, 2013 (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Sonia Sanchez, 2013 (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Sonia Sanchez on activism and poetry

Noted Poet Sonia Sanchez, Jane Golden, & The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Project and Anthology :: Peace is a Haiku Song

Poet Sonia Sanchez, 2012 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia

Come . . . let us
flush the world’s flesh
with peace . . . and live.

 – Sonia Sanchez

ain’t  no pusher  for
peace. u gotta grow yr own
natural high road

– Yolanda Wisher

no fly zone —
am i a terrorist
for daydreaming

– Tyrone McDonald

private keep off
words nailed to a  tree
the sun comes through

– Donna Fleischer

These  haiku appear in “Peace Is a Haiku Song”, a new anthology of selected haiku, essays, and photographs, edited by Sonia Sanchez and Yolanda Wisher. The book may be purchased at the following link: http://muralarts.org/content/peace-haiku-song-0

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Mural Arts Presents “Peace Is A Haiku Song,” An Interactive Public Art Project Spearheaded by Sonia Sanchez / Uwishunu, Philadelphia

Mural Arts Presents “Peace Is A Haiku Song,” An Interactive Public Art Project Spearheaded By Sonia Sanchez | Uwishunu – Philadelphia Blog About Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Food, Nightlife and More.

Two haiku by Donna Fleischer are featured in the Peace Is a Haiku Song Mural in Philadelphia, a project conceived by Sonia Sanchez.

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~  delighted thanks to poet Tyrone McDonald for passing this along