by Sonia Sanchez
An extraordinary retrospective covering over thiry years of work, SHAKE LOOSE MY SKIN is a stunning testament to the literary, sensual, and political powers of the award-winning Sonia Sanchez.
Known as one of the leaders of the Black Arts movement, Sanchez, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for Does Your House Have Lions? (LJ 4/1/97), has indeed been called a "lion in literature's forest" by Maya Angelou. In the tapestry of American literature, her work represents the underlying influence of African American history and emerges as a bold example of an experimental and revolutionary poetic form. By imitating the language of everyday speech, Sanchez solidifies the sound of the black American voice and places it more firmly in our literary canon. This retrospective of 30 years of work leaves one in awe of the stretches of language Sanchez has helped to legitimize throughout her career, language that carries the struggles of poverty, abandonment, racism, and drugs and offers a place of refuge and a path to hope. This book is highly recommended for YA and general collections.--Ann K. van Buren, New York Univ.
Sonia Sanchez poet, activist, scholar is Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University and one of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement. She is author of many books, including Wounded in the House of a Friend and Does Your House Have Lions?, and a nominee for the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Philadelphia.
Paperback: 168 pages