I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t And Other Plays
by Sonia Sanchez
Publication Date: Sep 17, 2010
List Price: $19.95 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 196
Imprint: Duke University Press Books
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Parent Company: Duke University
This collection brings together for the first time the plays of Sonia Sanchez, a prolific, award-winning poet and one of the most prominent writers in the Black Arts Movement. In addition to Sanchez's five previously published plays The Bronx Is Next (1970), Dirty Hearts (1971), Sister Son/ji (1972), Malcolm/Man Don't Live Here No Mo (1979) Uh, Uh; But How Do It Free Us? (1975), and , the collection also includes her two unpublished plays, I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't (1982) and 2 x 2 (2009).
It reveals the thematic and formal exchanges between Sanchez's poetry and dramatic works over the course of four decades. Sanchez emerged as a black nationalist poet and playwright in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like her poetry, her dramas reflect her critique of the racism and sexism that she encountered as a young female writer in the black militant community, her ongoing concern with the well-being of the black community, and her commitment to social justice. I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't and Other Plays includes three essays in which Sanchez reflects on her art and activism, and an introduction by Jacqueline Wood situating Sanchez's plays in relation to her poetry, activism, and the feminist dramatic voice in black revolutionary art.