Poet Sonia Sanchez spoke with NewsWorks Tonight about her role as Philadelphia's first poet laureate and recited "10 Haikus for Max Roach," a poem from her most recent collection, "Morning Haiku."
Sanchez said she wants to make Philadelphia a "monument to peace." To that end, she has been visiting schools, teaching students about haiku, a peaceful poetic form traditionally taken from elements of nature.
It's important not just how to learn how to write a haiku, she said, but "to have a haiku life" — to understand nature and nature's connection to ourselves. There is no greed or violence in haiku, she said.
Feeling inspired? In the comments below, share with us a haiku about something wonderful and non-violent and beautiful in the city of Philadelphia. Remember: three lines, alternating 5, 7 and 5 syllables. (See Sanchez' example above for help.)
As part of the Philadelphia Book Festival, Sanchez will speak at the Free Library, Wednesday, April 18, 2012.