Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an African-American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985.


Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born on June 7, 1917, in Topeka, Kansas, the first child of David Anderson Brooks and Keziah Wims. Her mother wa ...

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We Real Cool

We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

To Be In Love

To be in love
Is to touch with a lighter hand.
In yourself you stretch, you are well.
You look at things

The Mother

Abortions will not let you forget.
You remember the children you got that you did not get,
The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair,
The singers and workers that never handled the air.

The Crazy Woman

I shall not sing a May song.
A May song should be gay.
I'll wait until November
And sing a song of gray.

Sadie And Maud

Maud went to college.
Sadie stayed home.
Sadie scraped life
With a fine toothed comb.

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11 November 2014

I don't like the idea of the black race being diluted out of existence. I like the idea of all of us being here.


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Andrew Blakemore 05 November 2019

A lovely poem full of imagery.

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Daddy 15 October 2019

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loooooooooooooooooooool 22 August 2019

you are awsome i love your poems

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Someone 10 August 2019

Hi I love your poems

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Dave Zickefoose 07 May 2019

I have one of her original poems. My wife took her for a poetry course in the 1960's and they really liked each other. It was a gift.

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Sam Don 30 April 2019

i do think of her poems to be a very astonishing form of art and power to speak freely as a person. Gwendolyn Brooks is a inspiration to many people including me. so i think that she is one of the best poets to have ever written.

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Leena Amwaalwa 07 April 2019

" We Real Cool" , my favourite poem.

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unknown viewer 25 February 2019

Based on how she thinks, talks, and looks, i would have loved to spend some time with her so i could read more and know more because me and her would have gotten along great as friends and i'm sure others would have too. I loved your poetry Ms.Brooks.

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stan loona for clear skin

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