Gwendolyn Brooks Poems
- We Real Cool We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. ...
- The Mother Abortions will not let you forget. You remember ...
- To Be In Love To be in love Is to touch with a lighter ...
- The Crazy Woman I shall not sing a May song. A May song ...
- My Dreams, My Works, Must Wait...
- Sadie And Maud Maud went to college. Sadie stayed ...
- The Bean Eaters They eat beans mostly, this old yellow ...
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).
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