‘Her work was a festival of beauty, and of bones.’

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    Philadelphia poet laureate Sonia Sanchez (left) and Maya Angelou (AP Photos by Matt Rourke and Chuck Burton)

    Philadelphia poet laureate Sonia Sanchez (left) and Maya Angelou (AP Photos by Matt Rourke and Chuck Burton)

    Poet and novelist Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86. Temple professor emerita and former Philadelphia poet laureate Sonia Sanchez was both a colleague and friend. She described Angelou in a voice filled with fondness and admiration. 

    “The world has been tattooed forever with her spirit tongue. Her work was always a festival of beauty, but at the same time, of beauty and bones. She brought us both places.”

    Sonia Sanchez shared her memories of Maya Angelou with NewsWorks Tonight’s host Dave Heller. 

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