Gwendolyn Brooks

(7 June 1917 – 3 December 2000 / Topeka, Kansas)

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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 was a former school teacher who had chosen that field because she could not afford to attend medical school. (Family lore held that her paternal grandfather had escaped slavery to join Union forces during the American Civil War.) When Brooks was six weeks old, her family moved to Chicago, Illinois during the Great Migration; from then on, ... more »

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  • ''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.''
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917), African American poet. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989).
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  • Dave Zickefoose(5/7/2019 2:45:00 PM)

    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(4/30/2019 9:22:00 AM)

    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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  • GG Squad(4/29/2019 1:35:00 PM)

    i love when my dog read the part bueno capliano

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  • Leena Amwaalwa(4/7/2019 4:43:00 AM)

    " We Real Cool" , my favourite poem.

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  • unknown viewer(2/25/2019 8:43:00 AM)

    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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  • hehehe(2/18/2019 9:06:00 PM)

    stan loona for clear skin

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  • umm...(2/18/2019 9:03:00 PM)

    some white people being rasict again in the comments hah.. you're not being funny or impressing anybody sooo...? white people like you are the reason humanity is corrupt

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  • umm...(2/18/2019 9:00:00 PM)

    some people in the comments may not realize.... but Gwendolyn Brooks is not alive.

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  • oof: 3(2/8/2019 9:12:00 AM)

    This is amazing but not amazing as mine grades
    i'm kidding
    Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an amazing poet most known for winning Pultizer Prize as an African America but thats not all she is an amazing poet and you should not be silly with her amazing talent

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  • kitty cat(1/31/2019 12:42:00 PM)

    yo, that is super awesome, like, bro

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Best Poem of Gwendolyn Brooks

We Real Cool

The Pool Players.
Seven at the Golden Shovel.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

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