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Author: SANCHEZ, SONIA
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Sanchez, Sonia    Poet's Biography
447 poems available by this author


A LOVE POEM WRITTEN FOR STERLING BROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm gonna get me some mummy tape for your love
Subject(s): Love


A POEM FOR ELLA FITZGERALD    Poem Text    
First Line: When she came on the stage, this ella
Subject(s): Love


A POEM FOR MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: How sad it must be / to love so many women
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


A POEM FOR MY FATHER (96 YEARS OLD ON FEB. 29, 2000)    Poem Text    
First Line: With exact wings
Subject(s): Fathers; Childhood Memories


A POEM FOR STERLING BROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: What song shall I sing you
Subject(s): Brown, Sterling (1901-1989)


A PRAISE POEM FOR NINA SIMONE    Poem Text    
First Line: How to honor a woman
Subject(s): Simone, Nina (b. 1933)


A SONG FOR SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: See me through / your own eyes
Subject(s): Love


A/COLTRANE/POEM       
First Line: My favorite things
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians


A/COLTRANE/POEM       
First Line: My favorite things
Last Line: If we just %lisssssssssten
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music And Musicians


AN ANTHEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Our vision is our voice
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


ANCESTOR'S VOICE       
First Line: Female -- nyata: how much is this death rattle
Last Line: Male -- nyata? How much for him to share the calabash


ANCESTOR'S VOICE       
First Line: Female -- jamma ga fanan
Last Line: Male -- look at his hands. Is he african american


ANCESTOR'S VOICE       
First Line: Female -- where are the gods when we need them
Last Line: Male -- will their cobwebs remember us one day


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (FAMILY)       
First Line: Male -- sala maleikum -- hello
Last Line: Brother -- mangi nyo -- I am coming


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (FEMALE)       
First Line: I hear the water whistling in squads
Last Line: Old fathers know this a ccustomed chaos


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (FEMALE)       
First Line: Drink this tea
Last Line: Ornamental anger parts my smile


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (FEMALE)       
First Line: Why won't you stand up
Last Line: Your children's eyes itch for resurrection


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (FEMALE)       
First Line: Have you prepared a place of honor for me
Last Line: Have you prepared a place for us to mourn


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (FEMALE)       
First Line: Do you remember me, -- ayyyyyy
Last Line: To every resident clow? -- ayyyyyyyyyyyy


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (MALE)       
First Line: It is necessary to remember the sea
Last Line: Is there no amulet for this coming dread


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (MALE)       
First Line: Water from my feet I return to you
Last Line: Your stool forgets the flesh of ceremony


ANCESTOR'S VOICE (MALE)       
First Line: Do you remember me, -- huh
Last Line: Til you become powerless? -- hey, huh, heyyyyyyyy


AND A NEW GEOGRAPHY GREETED HIM       
Last Line: Ammunition for a young paladin


AND HE CAME MY BROTHER AT SEVENTEEN       
Last Line: And we watched him embrace the city and the street


AND THE BARS. THE GLITTER. THE LIGHT       
Last Line: Searing the coastline of his acquiesce


AND THE DAYS RUMMAGING HIS EYES       
Last Line: With gluttony and praise and unreconciled rites


AND THE JOY. FEELING       


ANTHEM       
First Line: Our vision is our voice
Last Line: It over my face and mouth
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


AT THE CENTER OF       


AUTUMN. A BONFIRE       


AWAY FROM YOU THESE       


BABY. YOU ARE SWEET       


BALLAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Forgive me if I laugh
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Youth


BALLAD       
First Line: Forgive me if I laugh %you are so sure of love
Last Line: You are so young %and I too old to learn to love


BEAR THE RHYTHM OF       


BECAME ROMEO BOUND, APPLAUDED WOMEN       
Last Line: Mother where do I go before I arrive


BEFORE I TRAVEL       


BLACK FEMINIST CONFERENCE REFLECTIONS ON MARGARET WALKER: POET       
First Line: Chicago/october 1977/saturday afternoon/margaret walker walks her red
Last Line: Mothers hummmmmming


BLACK MAGIC       
First Line: Magic %my man


BLK RHETORIC       
First Line: Who's gonna make all


BLOOD THE SOUND OF BLOOD PADDLING DOWN THE ROAD       
Last Line: Conjured up a blue-black chord to ordain


BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I love a twenty yr old weekends


BLUES       
First Line: In the night


BLUES       
First Line: I love a twenty yr old weekends
Last Line: Has done gone and made me try
Subject(s): Love


BLUES (FOR DEB)    Poem Text    
First Line: Even though you came in december be my january man
Subject(s): Love


BLUES (FOR DEB)       
First Line: Even though you came in december be my january man
Last Line: But you know I'll take you any mouth I can
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: His face like chisled
Last Line: Around rubber asses
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: You too slippery
Last Line: Hard not enough nights
Subject(s): Love Complaints


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: What I need is traveling
Last Line: You swimming upstream
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me be yo wil
Last Line: Blowing you all day
Subject(s): Love Erotic


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Am I yo philly
Last Line: To my house, you docked
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: This is not a fire
Last Line: Each time I see ya
Subject(s): Passion


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Legs wrapped around you
Last Line: This is not a rerun
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Is there a fo rent
Last Line: Territorial rights here
Subject(s): Love Nature Of


BLUES HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: My face is a scarred
Last Line: Comings and goings
Subject(s): Love Complaints


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: When we say good-bye
Last Line: Mouth dancing hello
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: You too slippery
Last Line: Hard. Not enough nites
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: What I need is traveling
Last Line: You swimming upstream
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: Let me be yo wil
Last Line: Blowing you all day
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: Am I yo philly
Last Line: To my house, you docked
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: I ain't yo momma
Last Line: Who knows how to burn
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: This is not a fire
Last Line: Each time I see ya
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: I wuz in kansas
Last Line: A jacuzzi. Sky. You
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: Legs wrapped around you
Last Line: This is not a rerun
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: Is there a fo rent
Last Line: Territorial rights here
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: My face is a scarred
Last Line: Comings and goings
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU       
First Line: His face like chisled
Last Line: Around rubber asses
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU (FOR JESSE AND VAL)       
First Line: Yall talkin all under
Last Line: Friends be doing that
Subject(s): Love


BLUES HAIKU 1       
First Line: All this talk bout love
Last Line: Ain't no man can love


BLUES HAIKU 2       
First Line: Ain't no curves in his
Last Line: No curves in his tongue


BLUES MAGIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Magic / my man
Last Line: Me breathe
Subject(s): Love Erotic


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: There is nothing I do not comprehend
Last Line: I worship stone I will not betray you father


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: Hold me with air
Last Line: Rinse me with air


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: O forgive me mother
Last Line: O forgive me terror


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I come. Doctor
Last Line: I come. Ancestor


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I am going out of my cell
Last Line: Mangi dem, mangi dem, mangi dem


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: Dress me in white
Last Line: Of my spirit's white


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I checked myself out of the hospital
Last Line: Up here, my limbs sequester themselves in lightning


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I linger in stethoscopes and thermometers at lenox hill
Last Line: The doctor says my temperature is like a trickster


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: Sister tell me about this cough I cough
Last Line: Sister an echo surrounds my lungs with this cough, I cough


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I travel to india, father, sai baba says I must return
Last Line: I walk wide-eyed through blue slits of sound


BROTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: Sister tell me about this marriage crown
Last Line: While my face flows full with promise


BULLET HOLES OF RESISTANCE       
First Line: In 1987, I visited nicaragua with a
Last Line: Own. And we were one. For a while. In between bullets and


CAME THE RALLIES SPONSORED BY NEW YORK STORE       
Last Line: Piercing the cold corners with a new carriage


CAME THE SUMMER OF NINETEEN SIXTY       
Last Line: This alchemist. This strategist. This purist


CATCH THE FIRE       
First Line: Sometimes I wonder: what to say to you now
Last Line: Catch the fire...And live. %live. %livelivelivelive. %livve. %live


CAUSE WE ARE CARVING       


COLTRANE POEM, SELS.       


COME INTO BLACK GEOGRAPHY       
Last Line: Songs and gathered gods %convenient as christ
Variant Title(s): Pas


DANCING    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt I was tangoing with
Subject(s): Love


DANCING       
First Line: I dreamt I was tangoing with
Last Line: I heard my thighs singing
Subject(s): Love


DAUGHTER'S VOICE       
First Line: Mothermothermother
Last Line: No resident tubes to collect these final dregs


DAY HE TRAVELED TO MY DAUGHTER'S HOUSE       
Last Line: In the sentence of the unaccented


DEFINITION FOR BLK/CHILDREN       
First Line: A policeman
Last Line: The policeman %is a pig. %(oink/ %oink.)


DEPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I have gone into my eyes
Subject(s): Depression. Mental


DEPRESSION       
First Line: I have gone into my eyes
Last Line: And sigh the quiet, like gods


DON'T GO. IF YOU GO       


EARTH EYES. BREATHING ME       


EARTH MOTHER       
First Line: Old/ bells. Bells. Bells
Last Line: I can see you coming
Subject(s): Women


ELEGY (FOR 'MOVE' AND PHILADELPHIA)    Poem Text    
First Line: Philadelphia / a disguised southern city
Subject(s): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Social Protest


ELEGY (FOR 'MOVE' AND PHILADELPHIA)       
First Line: Philadelphia %a disguised southern city
Last Line: Lying in wait. For honor and peace. %one day
Subject(s): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Social Protest


EYEWITNESS: CASE NO. 3456       
First Line: I was raped at 3 o'clock one
Last Line: Saw that the morning had returned and put on my face


FAMILIARIZE YOUR       


FATHER AND DAUGHTER       
First Line: We talk of light things you and I in this


FATHER AND DAUGHTER       
First Line: It is difficult to believe that we


FATHER AND DAUGHTER       
First Line: We talk of light things you and I in this
Last Line: Old man, we do not speak of crosses
Subject(s): Literary Form


FATHER'S VOICE       
First Line: Steady your hand old man do not trouble
Last Line: Can you hear me son, as I cross over this river


FATHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I am preparing for his coming, I sit on my flesh
Last Line: I have tossed my net toward a future trust


FATHER'S VOICE       
First Line: Where to go
Last Line: What kind of day anoints his flesh with effigies


FATHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I'm leaving this message on your voice mail
Last Line: I pray his corpuscles learn how to abstain


FATHER. I DESPISE YOU FOR ABANDONING ME       
Last Line: My attention. Come o lords; my extended metaphor


FIRST HE AUCTIONED OFF HIS LEGS. EYES       
Last Line: Damned his sister's overture


FOR OUR LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yeh. / billie. If someone
Subject(s): Women


FOR OUR LADY       
First Line: Yeh. %billie. If someone
Last Line: Wud have led us
Subject(s): Women


FOR SISTER GWEN BROOKS       
First Line: You tell the stars
Last Line: This gwensister called life
Subject(s): Love


FOR TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR       
First Line: Who goes there? Who is this young man born lonely
Last Line: For brother %tupac %amaru %shakur
Subject(s): Love


FOR UNBORN MALCOLMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Git the word out
Last Line: A stone/ cold/ death / yeah
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965); Negroes; American Blacks


FOR UNBORN MALCOLMS       
First Line: Git the word out
Last Line: Is gonna be his white meat. %yeah
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965)


FRAGMENT: 2       
First Line: I am reciting the rain


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: You ask me to run
Last Line: I am holding your pulse


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Let every breast dance
Last Line: I raise my glass
Subject(s): Rain


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I count the morning
Last Line: Riverdark with sound
Subject(s): Stars


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I come from the same
Last Line: Nobody speaks in tongues
Subject(s): Self


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I have caught fire from
Last Line: Swallow the ocean
Subject(s): Love Erotic


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I turn westward in
Last Line: Will cross yours in passing
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Hunger comes on morning
Last Line: Wide is the river
Subject(s): Hunger


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Come windless invader
Last Line: Stars a poem of blood
Subject(s): Self


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: What is done is done
Last Line: You like a dark river
Subject(s): Relationships


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I am watersnake
Last Line: Hear me turn in blood
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Mixed with day and sun
Last Line: You like a dark river
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: How fast is the wind
Last Line: To become slow?
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: C'mon man hold me
Last Line: From behind your eyes
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: How still the morning sea
Last Line: Anointing the day
Subject(s): Sea; Silence


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I am who I am
Last Line: Above two knees
Subject(s): Self


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: In a season of
Last Line: Unapologetic
Subject(s): Betrayal


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I am you loving
Last Line: Thisd noontime butterfly
Subject(s): Shadows; Love; Butterflies


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Derelict with eyes
Last Line: Carnival of waves
Subject(s): Self


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: The I in you the
Last Line: One drop of semen
Subject(s): Love Erotic


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I taste your sweet salt come
Last Line: Of bedtime fairy tales
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: My teeth can write your
Last Line: Your sound graffiti-like
Subject(s): Teeth; Love


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I have carved your face
Last Line: In my off-key voice
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a small piece
Last Line: Like a leper
Subject(s): Self


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: To be lifted in
Last Line: Remembering the fire
Subject(s): Fire


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: It was nothing big
Last Line: Lotion on my back
Subject(s): Love Absence Of


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you want ashes
Last Line: Other faces will come
Subject(s): Jealousy


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: You are rock garden
Last Line: In exile from touch
Subject(s): Love Nature Of


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Your voice unwrapping
Last Line: Contagious as shrines
Subject(s): Robeson, Paul (1898-1976)


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it yesterday
Last Line: Made it blossom black?
Subject(s): African Americans; Love


HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: My bones migrate in
Last Line: They strean white ashes
Subject(s): Bones


HAIKU       
First Line: I want to make you
Last Line: You into morning


HAIKU       
First Line: Was it yesterday


HAIKU       
First Line: O I was wide and


HAIKU       
First Line: O I am so sad, I


HAIKU       
First Line: If I had known, if


HAIKU       
First Line: I saw you today


HAIKU       
First Line: I am now in the


HAIKU       
First Line: Did ya ever cry


HAIKU       
First Line: These waves boisterous like
Last Line: Howling in my veins
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Let every breast dance
Last Line: I raise my glass
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I count the morning
Last Line: Riverdark with sound
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I come from the same
Last Line: Body speaks in tongues
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I have caught fire from
Last Line: Swallow the ocean
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I await your touch
Last Line: Make of us a long journey
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I turn westward in
Last Line: Will cross yours in passing
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Hunger comes on morning
Last Line: Wide is the river
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Come windless invader
Last Line: Stars a poem of blood
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I am moving in
Last Line: Foot thunderbound bells
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Now I move in the
Last Line: Pores a cappella
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I cry out for the
Last Line: Liberate with blood
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: What is done is done
Last Line: Let it go...Like the wind
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Old man standing long
Last Line: Like an old rickshaw
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: It is I who have
Last Line: O cold the morning cock
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I am watersnake
Last Line: Hear me turn in blood
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I am the ugly
Last Line: Eyes shaking like leaves
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Have you ever crossed
Last Line: Morning cough yellow
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Mixed with day and sun
Last Line: You like a dark river
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: How fast is the wind
Last Line: To become slow
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: My womb is a dance
Last Line: I laugh with guitars
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: C'mon man hold me
Last Line: From behind your eyes
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: How still the morning sea
Last Line: Anointing the day
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I am who I am
Last Line: Above two knees
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: In a season of
Last Line: Unapologetic
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I am you loving
Last Line: This noontime butterfly
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I am looking for
Last Line: A fine hail of touch
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Derelict with eyes
Last Line: Carnival of waves
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: The I in you the
Last Line: One drop of semen
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I taste your sweet salt come
Last Line: Of bedtime fairy tales
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: A tint on the tongue
Last Line: I dust off your cough
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: My teeth can write your
Last Line: Your sound graffiti-like
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I have carved your face
Last Line: In my off-key voice
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I am a small piece
Last Line: Like a leper
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: To be lifted in
Last Line: Remembering the fire
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: It was nothing big
Last Line: Lotion on my back
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: The sea murmuring
Last Line: Alive in my veins
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I hear your breath
Last Line: Breathing castanets
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: I smell you on my
Last Line: I see your sweat running
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Red orange breasts sweet
Last Line: Wild bones up for sale
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: And I am flesh burnt
Last Line: Philadelphia blood
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: This poem is for me
Last Line: Still I laugh and spin
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Do you want ashes
Last Line: Other faces will come
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: If I were an old
Last Line: My laughter in check
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: You are rock garden
Last Line: In exile from touch
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU       
First Line: Your voice unwrapping
Last Line: Contagious as shrines
Subject(s): Literary Form


HAIKU       
First Line: Was it yesterday
Last Line: Made it blossom black
Subject(s): Literary Form


HAIKU       
First Line: We are sudden stars
Last Line: Our blue black skins


HAIKU (FOR BILL AND CAMILLE COSBY)    Poem Text    
First Line: My bones hang to
Last Line: Shake loose my skin
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR BILL AND CAMILLE)       
First Line: My bones hang to
Last Line: Shake loose my skin
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR JOANNE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet woman dancing
Last Line: I see your riverbound legs
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


HAIKU (FOR JOANNE)       
First Line: Sweet woman dancing
Last Line: Your riverbound legs
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR JOE BARRY)    Poem Text    
First Line: When I imagine
Last Line: Flowing with eyes
Subject(s): Love; Rivers


HAIKU (FOR JOE BARRY)       
First Line: When I imagine
Last Line: Flowing with eyes
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR LOUIS MASSIAH)       
First Line: Your leonine eyes
Last Line: Violets and steel
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR NNEKA AND QUENTIN)    Poem Text    
First Line: I listen to this blood
Last Line: I grow with laughter
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR NNEKA AND QUENTIN)       
First Line: I listen to this blood
Last Line: I grow with laughter
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR QUEEN MOTHER MOORE)    Poem Text    
First Line: They smell like rust
Last Line: Obscure men in heat
Subject(s): Passion


HAIKU (FOR QUEEN MOTHER MOORE)       
First Line: They smell like rust
Last Line: Obscure men in heat
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR SOPHIE AND VAL)       
First Line: In this wet season
Last Line: We catch birds in flight
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR YOU)    Poem Text    
First Line: Love between us is
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (FOR YOU)       
First Line: Love between us is
Last Line: A long river running
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (ON PASSING TONI CADE BAMBARA'S HOUSE)       
First Line: How are we here one
Last Line: Run fall down to death
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (QUESTION FROM A YOUNG SISTER)    Poem Text    
First Line: What's wrong with being
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU (QUESTION FROM A YOUNG SISTER)       
First Line: What's wrong with being
Last Line: We let it all hang out
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU 1       
First Line: I have died and dreamed
Last Line: What I died for sleeps


HAIKU 1       
First Line: But I am left with
Last Line: Hear my voice knocking
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU 2       
First Line: Everywhere I turn
Last Line: Enter into your smell


HAIKU 2       
First Line: My bones migrate in
Last Line: They stream white ashes
Subject(s): Love


HAIKU 3       
First Line: I think if I catch
Last Line: Me you will stay


HAIKU 4       
First Line: Your breath in exile
Last Line: My persistent air


HAIKU 5       
First Line: My body is scarred
Last Line: I am word bitten


HAIKU 6       
First Line: If I had know then
Last Line: Picked my own cotton


HAIKU 7       
First Line: Tell me about your lust
Last Line: Into your own cell


HAIKU 8       
First Line: I am hunched down in
Last Line: With my depression


HAIKU 9       
First Line: The sprawling sound
Last Line: A white butterfly


HAIKY       
First Line: You ask me to run
Last Line: I am holding your pulse
Subject(s): Love


HIS VOICE USED TO SING       


HOMECOMING       
First Line: I have been a
Last Line: I have learned it %ain't like they say %in the newspapers


HOMEGIRLS ON ST. NICHOLAS       
First Line: We were the homegirls on st. Nicholas
Last Line: What is gone is gone / it has gone down the hole, the unreache irrational is he who follows it


HOSPITAL/POEM       
First Line: They have sed
Last Line: And I watch u %as I %begin the talk %of hyenaaaaas


HOW CAN YOU COMFORT       


HOW TO ERECT RESPECT IN A COUNTRY OF MEN       
Last Line: Without blood and phlegm and thorn


I AM ON TOP OF       


I AM SETTLING DOWN       


I AM THE FROZEN       
Last Line: They would pass into butterflies %and quiver in sprawling yellow


I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE YOU SON, THIS FLAME       
Last Line: Shaved buckled down with southern thighs


I GUESS. THIS IS WHAT       


I HAVE LOOKED INTO       


I HAVE WALKED A LONG TIME    Poem Text    
Last Line: You, man, will you remember and cry?
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Mortality; Mourning


I HAVE WALKED A LONG TIME       
Last Line: You, man, will you remember and cry?


I KNEEL DOWN LIKE A       


I LEAN BACK AND FEEL       


I LISTEN FOR YOU       


I PARAPLEGIC       


I WAS A SOUTHERN NEGRO MAN PLAYING MUSIC       
Last Line: Of masters fattened decked with my diminished light


I WAS TOLD I DON'T REMEMBER WHO       
Last Line: Stilled his mouth across early morning chill


I WISH IT WERE MID       


I'M IN THE MIDDLE       


IMAGINE HIM SHORT AND BLACK       
Last Line: And remember. Dancing his pirouette


IMPROVISATION       
First Line: Ha ha. %ooooooooooo ai yi yi yi yi yi yi %hee hee hee
Last Line: How to live...%how to live


INDIANAPOLIS; SUMMER - 1969       
First Line: Like %I mean


INTRODUCTION OF TONI MORRISON AND OTHERS, ON THE OCCASION       
First Line: Of course it ain't strange that you're here in my
Last Line: Of men/women/students who are here to hear. %listen. %list


JULY       
First Line: The old men and women


JUST THE TWO OF US       


JUST YOU. JUST ME. JUST       


KWA MAMA ZETU WALIOTUZAA       
First Line: Death is a five o'clock door forever changing time


LET ME BE YOUR FLUTE       


LIKE       
First Line: Like %all I did was %go down on him
Last Line: Lives I deal with. %like. %yeah


LIKE BIGGER THOMAS       


LISTENEN TO BIG BLACK AT S.F. STATE       
First Line: No mo meetings
Last Line: Loud with blk/nation/hood %builden
Subject(s): Americans; United States


LOVE CONVERSATION       
First Line: How are you doin sistah
Last Line: Soy mujer %mujer soy %I am
Subject(s): Love


LOVE POEM (FOR TUPAC)    Poem Text    
First Line: We smell the / wounds hear the
Subject(s): Love


LOVE POEM (FOR TUPAC)       
First Line: We smell the %wounds hear the
Last Line: I hold you %close to my heart
Subject(s): Love


LOVE POEM WRITTEN FOR STERLING BROWN       
First Line: I'm gonna get me some mummy tape for your love
Subject(s): Love


LOVE SONG FOR SPELMAN       
First Line: What is a love song for spelman
Last Line: Ebe yiye. Ebe yiye. Ebe yiye. Ebeeee yiyeeee. %we begin


LOVE SONG NO. 3       
First Line: I'm crazy bout that chile but she gotta go
Last Line: Nobody gon remember me


LOVE. YOU ARE. YOU ARE       


MAGIC       
First Line: Short magic


MALCOLM    Poem Text    
First Line: Do not speak to me of martyrdom
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965); Negroes; American Blacks


MALCOLM       
First Line: Do not speak to me of martyrdom
Last Line: But what could have been %floods the womb until I drown
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965)


MAN, I AM TRYING       


MEMORIAL: 1. THE SUPREMES-CIZ THEY DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The supremes done gone
Subject(s): African Americans - Song And Music; African Americans - Women; Supremes, The (singing Group)


MEMORIAL: 1. THE SUPREMES-CIZ THEY DEAD       
First Line: The supremes done gone
Subject(s): African Americans - Song And Music; African Americans - Women; Supremes, The (singing Group)


MEMORIAL: 2. BOBBY HUTTON       
First Line: I didn't know bobby
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


MEMORIAL: 3. REV PIMPS       
First Line: Sisters %git yr-blk-asses
Last Line: To any revolutionary %u dig?
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


MISSING YOU IS LIKE       


MORNING SNOW FALLING       


MOTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I have waited all day for this stepdaughter
Last Line: I will indulge their hands in this new fantasy


MOTHER'S VOICE       
First Line: I am here my baby in your hospital room
Last Line: The doctors record your body's constant betrayal


MOTHER. I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE MY LIVING SAINT       
Last Line: While you prepared each morning's text


MY BODY WAITING       


NEVER MAY MY THIRST       


NICARAGUAN JOURNAL       
First Line: Nothing had prepared me for my arrival in nicaragua. Not my
Last Line: Bleeding children and women. I hold out my wounds


NIGHT PUMPING LIKE AN       


NORMA       
First Line: As a teen-ager I was very shy. I always felt so conspicuous that it
Last Line: Then I pulled myself up and turned away; never to agree again
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


NOW MY SEVENTY-EIGHT YEARS URGE ME ON YOUR LAND       
Last Line: This harlem man begging pardon, secreting old


NOW POEM. FOR US       
First Line: Don't let them die out
Last Line: Let them tell us of their juju years %so ours will be that much stronger


OLD WORDS       
First Line: We are the dead


ON PASSING THRU MORGANTOWN, PA       
First Line: I saw you %vincent van %gogh perched
Last Line: Red indian %hills beckoned


ON SEEING A PACIFIST BURN       
First Line: The day is not %real. The crowing of
Last Line: Thought to be %without meaning


ON THE OCCASION OF ESSENCE'S TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: I give you my hand in a moment of
Subject(s): Essence (periodical)


ON THE OCCASION OF ESSENCE'S TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: I give you my hand in a moment of
Last Line: Make god finally break the habit of being man
Subject(s): Essence (periodical)


ONCE I WAS CHASTE WITH       


OUR BODIES MADE RAIN       


PEACE       
First Line: 1. Peace. What is it?
Last Line: Click--click--you--youuu(click)


PERSONAL LETTER NO. 2       
First Line: I speak skimpily to


PERSONAL LETTER NO. 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing will keep
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


PERSONAL LETTER NO. 3       
First Line: Nothing will keep
Last Line: I am tired %of it all
Subject(s): African Americans


PHILADELPHIA: SPRING, 1985    Poem Text    
First Line: To see those eyes
Subject(s): Social Protest


PHILADELPHIA: SPRING, 1985       
First Line: To see those eyes
Last Line: How still is the spiderless city. %the earth is immemorial in death
Subject(s): Social Protest


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Good morning, sex. How do you do
Last Line: But when it is
Subject(s): Sex


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am dreaming
Last Line: For today it is enough
Subject(s): Dreams


POEM       
First Line: Look at me 8th
Last Line: Beautiful and our black %ness sings out %while america wanders %dumb with her wet bowels


POEM       
First Line: Mornings taking a
Last Line: Assed life spilling starch
Subject(s): Love


POEM       
First Line: I am dreaming
Last Line: Shall I hold your breath
Subject(s): Love


POEM       
First Line: Good morning, sex. How do you do
Last Line: But when it is
Subject(s): Love


POEM       
First Line: What I have seen in the twentieth century
Last Line: Walk in the light that is woman


POEM #10    Poem Text    
First Line: You keep saying you were always there
Subject(s): Love


POEM #3    Poem Text    
First Line: I gather up / each sound
Subject(s): Love


POEM #3       
First Line: I gather up %each sound
Last Line: I breathe you %and become high
Subject(s): Love


POEM #8    Poem Text    
First Line: I've been a woman
Subject(s): Women


POEM AT THIRTY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is midnight
Last Line: Of the night.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


POEM FOR CORNEL WEST       
First Line: Aaayeee babo aaaayeee babo
Subject(s): Love


POEM FOR CORNEL WEST       
First Line: Aaayeee babo aaaayeee babo
Last Line: Aaaayeee babo for cornel west %cornel west %cornel west
Subject(s): Love


POEM FOR ELLA FITZGERALD       
First Line: When she came on the stage, this ella
Last Line: Ella ella ellalady %be good %gooooood %goooooood
Subject(s): Love


POEM FOR JESSE       
First Line: Your face like %summer lightning
Last Line: Hear your voice %a wild sea pausing in the wind


POEM FOR JULY 4, 1994       
First Line: It is essential that summer be grafted to
Last Line: And sexual jusice %it'll get better %it'll get better


POEM FOR MY BROTHER       
First Line: The day you died
Last Line: O I will gather my pulse %muffled by sibilants %and follow disposable dreams


POEM FOR MY FATHER       
First Line: How sad it must be %to love so many women
Last Line: Wife, I cross myself %with her confessionals
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


POEM FOR MY MOST INTELLIGENT 10:30 AM CLASS/FALL 1985       
First Line: It was autumn. The day insistent
Last Line: Know now is that the coming spring %will not satisfy this thirst


POEM FOR SOME WOMEN       
First Line: Huh? %I'm all right %I say I'm %all right
Last Line: You and yu and you %and you


POEM FOR STERLING BROWN       
First Line: What song shall I sing you
Last Line: Glorifying red gums smiling tom-tom teeth
Subject(s): Brown, Sterling (1901-1989)


POEM NO. 10       
First Line: You keep saying you were always there
Last Line: Will you stay love %now that I am here?


POEM NO. 3       
First Line: I gather up


POEM NO. 7       
First Line: When he came home


POEM NO. 8       
First Line: I've been a woman


POEM OF PRAISE       
First Line: Man %is an alien in this world


PRELUDE TO NOTHING       
First Line: I am trying to drain my mind


PRESENT    Poem Text    
First Line: This woman vomiting her
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


PRESENT       
First Line: This woman vomiting her
Last Line: Making pilgimage to herself. Walking
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


RAIN TASTES LOVELY       


REBIRTH       
First Line: When I stepped off the plane I knew I was home


REFLECTIONS AFTER THE JUNE 12TH MARCH FOR DISARMAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I have come to you tonite out of the depths
Subject(s): African Americans; Disarmament; Negroes; American Blacks


REFLECTIONS AFTER THE JUNE 12TH MARCH FOR DISARMAMENT       
First Line: I have come to you tonite out of the depths
Last Line: New people, who will live in peace %and honor
Subject(s): African Americans; Disarmament


REMEMBERING AND HONORING TONI CADE BAMBARA    Poem Text    
First Line: How to respond to the genius
Last Line: Read everything? Saw everything?
Subject(s): Bambara, Toni Cade (1939-1995); African Americans Women; Social Protest; Writing & Writers


REMEMBERING AND HONORING TONI CADE BAMBARA       
First Line: How to respond to the genius
Last Line: For the world. %I have become life
Subject(s): Love


REMEMBRANCE       
First Line: The news of his death reached
Last Line: For all our sweet and terrible lives


RIGHT ON: WHITE AMERICA       
First Line: This country might have
Last Line: Gun/shells on our blk/tomorrows.
Subject(s): Racism; United States; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; America


ROCKING HER WHITE FEET       


RUMOR HAS IT THAT HE SLAPPED HER HARD       
Last Line: Of looted hems gathering together for his inheritance


SEQUENCES       
First Line: Today I am %tired of sabbaths
Last Line: Green then blue again %my thighs burn in crystal


SERMON FOR EACH DAY WAS MY FATHER       
Last Line: Twentieth century of elasticized lies


SET 2       
First Line: I say %a love poem %for sweethoneyintherock
Last Line: Who are these women who call themselves %sweethoneyintherock


SEVENTY-ONE YEARS       


SHE WASN'T AS BEAUTIFUL AS MY FIRST WIFE       
Last Line: Until I stopped, stepped inside her footprint


SHORT POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Quite often without
Subject(s): Love


SHORT POEM       
First Line: My old man


SHORT POEM       
First Line: Quite often without
Last Line: You I am at a loss for %the day
Subject(s): Love


SHORT POEM FOR US SLICK ONES       
First Line: The %arabs


SHREDDING MY YEARS AND       


SISTER'S VOICE       
First Line: Come down to my house in philadelphia man
Last Line: Against the threat of constant confession


SISTER'S VOICE       
First Line: Let the spirit raise up echoes in my spine
Last Line: O I will reward my brother's tongue


SISTER. I AM NOT YOUR TRUE BROTHER       
Last Line: Always a traveler to other terains


SMALL COMMENT       
First Line: The nature of the beast is the


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot stay home
Subject(s): Love


SONG       
First Line: I cannot stay home
Last Line: I am bathing in the waves of your breath
Subject(s): Love


SONG FOR SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK       
First Line: See me through %your own eyes
Last Line: I am here %I am here
Subject(s): Love


SONG NO. 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I say. All you young girls waiting to live
Subject(s): Literary Form


SONG NO. 2       
First Line: I say. All you young girls waiting to live
Last Line: I say. Step back world. Can't let it go unsaid
Subject(s): Literary Form


SONG NO. 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Cain't nobody tell me any different
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Literary Form; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


SONG NO. 3       
First Line: Cain't nobody tell me any different
Last Line: Looka here, a pretty little black girl lookin' just like me
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Literary Form; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


SONKU    Poem Text    
First Line: To worship


SONKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I feel your
Last Line: Maculate tongue
Subject(s): Love Erotic


SONKU    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear the
Last Line: Over my breasts
Subject(s): Love Erotic


SONKU    Poem Text    
First Line: What I want
Last Line: Hey! Hey!
Subject(s): Relationships


SONKU    Poem Text    
First Line: To worship
Last Line: Become bone
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: Have mercy on the
Last Line: Long ride to the deep


SONKU       
First Line: I collect %wings what are
Last Line: Another %path to this %rendezvous
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: I who have %never moved
Last Line: Sweet mountains %smelling me
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: I feel your
Last Line: Thighs immac %ulate tongue
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: I hear the
Last Line: Over my breasts
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: What is love
Last Line: And saw me
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: My eyes look
Last Line: To find you
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: When I die
Last Line: Your smell %inside me
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: What I want
Last Line: Want? Hey? Hey
Subject(s): Love


SONKU       
First Line: To worship
Last Line: Become bone
Subject(s): Love


SONKU (FOR NNEKA AND QUINCY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Love comes with
Last Line: The edge of / my fingers
Subject(s): Love Nature Of


SONKU (FOR NNEKA AND QUINCY)       
First Line: Love comes with
Last Line: The edge of %my fingers
Subject(s): Love


SOUTH AFRICAN TANKA       
First Line: The necklace I bring
Last Line: Smells behind the ear of god


SUMMARY       
First Line: No sleep tonight


SUMMER HAS SPED       


SUMMER WORDS FOR A SISTER ADDICT    Poem Text    
First Line: The first day I shot dope
Last Line: And we all sing
Subject(s): African Americans Women; Drugs & Drug Abuse


SUMMER WORDS FOR A SISTER ADDICT       
First Line: The first day I shot dope
Last Line: To mingle with the sister's young tears %and we all sing
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


SUMMERPOEM: 1986       
First Line: Memory I alone know


SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK       
First Line: What an honor it is for me to
Last Line: Loved us with their sweethoney breaths


TANKA    Poem Text    
First Line: To surround yourself with
Last Line: And dsisolves in purple
Subject(s): Love Complaints


TANKA    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought about you
Last Line: Frantic fugue about no you
Subject(s): Love Absense Of


TANKA    Poem Text    
First Line: Men who watch in the
Last Line: She without friend or lover
Subject(s): Love Absence Of


TANKA    Poem Text    
First Line: This man has sucked too
Last Line: Navigate a blackwomansail
Subject(s): African Americans Women; Love Complaints


TANKA    Poem Text    
First Line: C'mon man ride me
Last Line: Us to be a call to prayer
Subject(s): Love Erotic


TANKA    Poem Text    
First Line: Woman without heat
Last Line: Dreams of secreting milk
Subject(s): Women; Sex


TANKA       
First Line: I have taken five
Last Line: Peeling of our lives


TANKA       
First Line: I don't know the rules
Last Line: Tasting you on my breath
Subject(s): Love


TANKA       
First Line: I thought about you
Last Line: Frantic fugue about no you
Subject(s): Love


TANKA       
First Line: Men who watch in nthe
Last Line: She without friend or lover
Subject(s): Love


TANKA       
First Line: This man has sucked too
Last Line: Navigate a blackwomansail
Subject(s): Love


TANKA       
First Line: C'mon man ride me
Last Line: Us be a call to prayer
Subject(s): Love


TANKA       
First Line: Woman without heat
Last Line: Dreams of secreting milk
Subject(s): Love


TANKA       
First Line: To surround yourself with
Last Line: And dissolves in purple
Subject(s): Love


THEN I BEGAN AN AWAKENING A FLOWERING OUTSIDE       
Last Line: Then I made my former life an accessory


THERE ARE TIMES THAT THE       


THESE AUTUMN TREES SIT       


THESE WORDS STAINED WITH RED       


THIS IS NOT A SMALL VOICE       
Last Line: This is not a small voice %you hear


THIS LOVE. THIS FIRST WIFE OF MINE, DIED IN CHILDBIRTH       
Last Line: Never called her name again, wrapped my heart in gauze


THIS WAS A MIGRATION UNLIKE       
Last Line: To repay desertion at last


TO ALL SISTERS       
First Line: Hurt. U worried abt a
Last Line: He puts it where it is %and makes u %turn in/side out


TO ANITA    Poem Text    
First Line: High/yellow/black/girl
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


TO ANITA       
First Line: High/yellow/black/girl
Last Line: Be hearen yo/sweet/music


TO P.J. (2 YRS OLD WHO SED WRITE A POEM FOR ME IN PORTLAND, OREGON)    Poem Text    
First Line: If I cud ever write a
Subject(s): African Americans; Poetry & Poets; Negroes; American Blacks


TO P.J. (2 YRS OLD WHO SED WRITE A POEM FOR ME IN PORTLAND, OREGON)       
First Line: If I cud ever write a
Last Line: Poetry wud go out of bizness
Subject(s): African Americans; Poetry And Poets


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN       
First Line: Watch out tor the full moon of sonia
Last Line: For the full moon of sonia %shinin down on ya


TO YOU WHO ALMOST TURNED ME ON       
First Line: Yeah %my man


TREES ARE LAUGHING       


UNDER A SOPRANO SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I lived on pillars in a green house
Subject(s): Women; Conduct Of Life


UNDER A SOPRANO SKY       
First Line: Once I lived on pillars in a green house
Last Line: Under a soprano sky, a woman sings, %lovely as chandeliers


WA MA NE HO MENE SO OO       
Last Line: He who was an orphan now recollects his legs


WE ARE GATHERERS       


WE BE. GONNA BE       


WE STUMBLED INTO       


WHAT DO I KNOW OF       


WHAT DOES A LIVER KNOW OF PEACE       
Last Line: Stranded in measured arenas without pulpits or spittoons


WHAT IS IT ABOUT       


WHEN I LOOK AT YOU       


WHEN I RETURN HOME       


WHEN YOU LEFT I RAN       


WHO ARE YOU       


WHY       
First Line: Why must I string my hate


WOMAN ROCKING HER       


WOMAN WHO MADE       


WOMAN. WHOSE COLOR       


WORDS       
First Line: I saw death %today
Last Line: O'clock door %forever changing time


WOULD YOU PLEASE RETURN       


WOUNDED IN THE HOUSE OF A FRIEND       
First Line: She hadn't found anything. I had
Last Line: Each time he come by, we do it on the installment plan


YOU ARE AMBLE AND       


YOU DO NOT KNOW THE       


YOU HAVE PIERCED ME SO       


YOU HAVE STAMPED YOUR HOUR       


YOUNG WOMANHOOD       
First Line: And I entered into young
Last Line: And legal in the sight %of an unseeing god