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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  • Michael Hagwood (9/10/2018 6:25:00 PM)

    I just started, writing poems,

    seven years ago, I won't get too the 500 list

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  • Gwendolyn Jr. (3/19/2018 6:03:00 PM)

    Gwendolyn is the best, just cause she's black you don't have the right to discriminate her.I'm also black so live with that.

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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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