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This world is a better place because of Sonia Sanchez: more livable, more laughable, more manageable. I wish millions of people knew that some of the joy in their lives comes from the fact that Sonia Sanchez is writing poetry. --Maya Angelou


"An unending elegy on the grandest of scales." --Rafael Campo, The Washington Post Book World


"Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise so much pain with so much beauty." --Isabel Allende


"With an unblinking and critical poet's eye, Sonia Sanchez has been setting her readers straight, telling the 'terrible beauty, ' and reflecting images in ways that simultaneously solicit tears and laughter. For over thirty years this revolutionary poet has been undeterred from a path that began in the sixties. She has not given up the struggle to let her poetry be what she refers to as a 'call to arms' for her people." --Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Ms.


"[Sanchez] looks deeply into that most dangerous of places-the heart." -- -Quarterly Black Review

Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems

  • Sanchez, Sonia