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Written by:
Sonia Sanchez, American, born 1934  Search this
Published by:
Beacon Press, American, founded 1854  Search this
ink on paper
H x W x D: 8 13/16 × 5 11/16 × 3/4 in. (22.4 × 14.5 × 1.9 cm)
hardcover books
Place printed:
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
A hardcover book (2023.30.1a) with a dust jacket (2023.30.1b), “Morning Haiku” is a haiku poetry book written by Sonia Sanchez. The haikus commemorate the lives of leading Black cultural figures including Max Roach, Maya Angelou, Odetta, Richard Long, Toni Morrison, Rosa Parks, and Shirely Chisholm, among others. The dust jacket has a background of a light blue color with several white lines running across the cover. Three black-and-white vertical photographs of Sanchez dancing are placed in the middle of the cover. Black typeface at the top reads [morning haiku] / [Sonia Sanchez]. At the bottom in black typeface is [“Sonia Sanchez is a lion in a literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly.” – Maya Angelou].
On the back, with the headline in blue typeface and the reviews in black typeface: [Praise for Sonia Sanchez / “Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise / so much pain with so much beauty.” / –Isabel Allende / “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.” / –Chinua Achebe / “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 / Beacon Press / Boston].
African American  Search this
Literature  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Sonia Sanchez
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National Museum of African American History and Culture