“The words loved me and I loved them in return.”

Sanchez is one of the most influential black woman poets. Her poems have been widely anthologized, and are collected in Home Coming (1969), We a BaddDDD People (1970), A Blues Book for Blue Black Magical Women (1974), I’ve Been a Woman (1980), and Generations: Selected Poetry: 1969-1985 (1986). A leading activist in the civil rights movement, Sanchez has increasingly concerned herself with global racism and warn that tumultuous times may come again if people of color and women continue to be victimized by capitalist America. Her poemplays, which blend poetry with drama, include I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t (1982).