Philly’s poet laureate Sonia Sanchez finds peace in the ‘haiku life’

Sonia Sanchez spoke with NewsWorks Tonight about her role as Philadelphia’s first poet laureate to inspire peace among school children through haiku. Give us your own haiku celebrating something positive and peaceful about the city.

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.

Does poetry have the power to inspirepeace? Give us your thoughts below.

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.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.