Philly's poet laureate Sonia Sanchez finds peace in the 'haiku life'
April 18, 2012By Eric Walter
Let me wear the day
Well so when it reaches you
You will enjoy it
—Sonia Sanchez, from MuralArts project Peace is a Haiku Song
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.