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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Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
To be in love
Is to touch with a lighter hand.
In yourself you stretch, you are well.
You look at things
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.
I shall not sing a May song.
A May song should be gay.
I'll wait until November
And sing a song of gray.
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.