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Like the Singing Coming off the Drums: Love Poems
     

Like the Singing Coming off the Drums: Love Poems

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by Sonia Sanchez, Deborah Chasman (Editor)
 

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Like the Singing Coming off the Drums is a dazzling exploration of the intimate and public landscapes of passion from one of our master poets. In haiku, tanka, and sensual blues, Sonia Sanchez writes of the many forms love takes: burning, dreamy, disappointed, vulnerable. With words that revel and reveal, she shares love's painful beauty.

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Like the Singing Coming off the Drums is a dazzling exploration of the intimate and public landscapes of passion from one of our master poets. In haiku, tanka, and sensual blues, Sonia Sanchez writes of the many forms love takes: burning, dreamy, disappointed, vulnerable. With words that revel and reveal, she shares love's painful beauty.

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Praise for Sonia Sanchez:

"Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature's forest." -Maya Angelou

"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." -Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Ms.

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

Julia Chance
In all her words, Sanchez grabs your heart.
Vibe
Library Journal
This collection of privately and publicly addressed love poems is targeted, one would guess, at the romantically inclined. And, yes, these poems fill the bill: one can imagine them being read in breathy sequence to an aroused and appreciative audience: "this is not a fire/ sale but I am in heat/ each time I see ya." Mostly adapted from Japanese forms like haiku and tanka, with a few longer poems addressed in homage to the late rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur, Cornel West, and others, they fail to showcase three of this poet's most potent strengths: economical storytelling; the ability to cut through to the heart of things with sharp-edged, non-sentimental descriptions of pain; and a concise and affecting use of rhyme. Occasionally, however, they do exhibit her gift for humor: "I wuz in Kansas/ dorothy and toto wuznt/ a jacuzzi, sky, you." -- Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Library, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807068434
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Blue Streak Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
646,765
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

Sonia Sanchez-award-winning poet, activist, scholar, and formerly the Laura Carnell professor of English and women's studies at Temple University-is the author of sixteen books, including Like the Singing Coming off the Drums, Does Your House Have Lions?, Wounded in the House of a Friend, and Shake Loose My Skin.

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Like the Singing Coming off the Drums: Love Poems 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a particular untitled poem in this collection that will make you gasp, grin, and feel real real good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sanchez gets into the deepest emotions. This is a true work of art especially the tribute to Tupac Shakur and his mom. Very good, true to life writing. Can't keep my head out of the book.