APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: Sonia Sanchez's 'For Our Lady'

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APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: Sonia Sanchez's 'For Our Lady'

This elegy for the great Billie Holiday, by Sonia Sanchez, appears in Jazz Poems, a vibrant Everyman's Pocket Poets volume edited by Kevin Young.

For Our Lady

 

yeh.

           billie.                    if someone

had loved u like u

shud have been loved

ain't no tellen what

kinds of songs 

                             u wud have swung

gainst this country's wite mind.

or what kinds of lyrics

                                           wud have pushed us from

our blue / nites. 

                                     yeh.                 billie.

if some blk / man

                                        had reallee

made u feel

                        permanentlee warm. 

ain't no tellen

                              where the jazz of yo / songs

                                    wud have led us.

 

More on this poem and author:

  • Learn more about Jazz Poems, the Everyman's Pocket Poets volume edited by Kevin Young.
  • Visit our Tumblr to share this poem and peruse other poems, audio recordings, and broadsides in our Knopf Poem-a-Day series.
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  • Excerpt from JAZZ POEMS © 2006 by Everyman's Library. Excerpted by permission of Everyman's Library, a division of Random House, LLC, New York. Poem included by gracious permission of the author. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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