"Sanchez is undoubtedly one of the most under-appreciated poets writing today. Her pristine lyricism combined with her strong voice and black female themes make her special."-Gloria Hull (from Shakespeare's Sisters Feminist Essays on Women Poets)
"In her writings I feel at home!
In her house I feel at home!
In her presence I feel at home!"
-Ngugi wa Thiong'o
She has formed a blue/black sound and transmitted it to the "people" to make us free. It is impossible to hear this sound and not recognize its authenticity. Sonia Sanchez sounds a new day. Our critical responsibility is to seize the day and refuse a misguided enthrallment before products of America's literary machinery that seek to dictate what is "our own." For the indisputable truth is that when we discover Sonia Sanchez's sound, we find our very own-our Lady, singing; "God bless the child that's got his own/that's got his own."-Houston Baker