Collected Poems (Hardcover)

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A representative collection of the life work of the much-honored poet and a founder of the Black Arts movement, spanning the 4 decades of her literary career.

Gathering highlights from all of Sonia Sanchez’s poetry, this compilation is sure to inspire love and community engagement among her legions of fans. Beginning with her earliest work, including poems from her first volume, Homecoming (1969), through to 2019, the poet has collected her favorite work in all forms of verse, from Haiku to excerpts from book-length narratives. Her lifelong dedication to the causes of Black liberation, social equality, and women’s rights is evident throughout, as is her special attention to youth in poems addressed to children and young adults.
As Maya Angelou so aptly put it: “Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly.” 

About the Author

Poet, playwright, educator, and activist Sonia Sanchez is one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement and a winner of the Robert Frost Medal and the Wallace Stevens Award, among many other accolades, for her poetry. Born in Birmingham, AL, Sonia Sanchez now lives in Philadelphia, PA. Connect with her at and

Praise For…

“You have spoken for us . . . Written for us . . . Sung to us . . . How much in your debt we are.”
—Toni Morrison

“Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly.”
—Maya Angelou

Product Details
ISBN: 9780807026526
ISBN-10: 0807026522
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
Pages: 424
Language: English