Creating Social Values Through Poetry

sonia-sanchez_081-year-old Sonia Sanchez, whose poems talk about rape, violence and death, has never shied away from taboos. For many, she is an icon.

“What does it mean to be human?” is one of poet Sonia Sanchez’s favorite questions. The 81-year-old, who emerged in the black arts movement in the 1960s, and established black women studies at universities in California, doesn’t waste time over trivialities.

“How I tell the truth is a part of truth itself,” says Sanchez. The fact that she never makes anything up adds to the power of her poems, which often address rape, violence and death.