poet Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

#48 on top 500 poets

Boy Breaking Glass

To Marc Crawford
from whom the commission
Whose broken window is a cry of art
(success, that winks aware
as elegance, as a treasonable faith)
is raw: is sonic: is old-eyed première.
Our beautiful flaw and terrible ornament.
Our barbarous and metal little man.

“I shall create! If not a note, a hole.
If not an overture, a desecration.”

Full of pepper and light
and Salt and night and cargoes.

“Don’t go down the plank
if you see there’s no extension.
Each to his grief, each to
his loneliness and fidgety revenge.
Nobody knew where I was and now I am no longer there.”

The only sanity is a cup of tea.
The music is in minors.

Each one other
is having different weather.

“It was you, it was you who threw away my name!
And this is everything I have for me.”

Who has not Congress, lobster, love, luau,
the Regency Room, the Statue of Liberty,
runs. A sloppy amalgamation.
A mistake.
A cliff.
A hymn, a snare, and an exceeding sun.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (10/18/2020 11:55:00 PM)

    CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as the Modern Poem Of The Day. Hooray to the family of the late poetess. I always enjoy reading her poems, her observations are always very keen, like:
    Who has not Congress, lobster, love, luau,
    the Regency Room, the Statue of Liberty,
    runs. A sloppy amalgamation.
    A mistake.
    A cliff.
    Scintillating! 5*****.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/18/2020 11:34:00 PM)

    Nobody knew where I was and now I am no longer there.”

    The only sanity is a cup of tea.
    The music is in minors........beautifully expressed; yeah; there many aspects of life in this poem

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/18/2020 9:19:00 PM)

    The only sanity is a cup of tea.
    The music is in minors.

    Each one other
    is having different weather.....so touching and meaningful, A beautiful poem amazingly delineated.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/18/2020 2:21:00 PM)

    Reading a poem of great poet like Gwendolyn Brooks. who is ranked #43 on top 500 poets of the world on date 18 October 2020, we feel very happy. Having full of paper and light a poet can create many poems. We feel creativity with greater chance. This is an amazing poem chosen as the modern Poem of the Day...

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (10/18/2020 12:26:00 AM)

    'The only sanity is a cup of tea.
    The music is in minors.

    Each one other
    is having different weather.' - loved this observation.

    Congratulations to the poet, posthumously, for the well deserved honour of having her poem selected as the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/14/2020 1:05:00 PM)

    “I shall create! If not a note, a hole.
    If not an overture, a desecration.”
    Full of pepper and light
    and Salt and night.. very fine poem. tony

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/14/2019 6:13:00 AM)

    It was you, it was you who threw away my name!
    And this is everything I have for me.” an amazing poem. tony

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  • Sam Don (4/30/2019 9:28:00 AM)

    This poem demonstrates the work that Gwendolyn Brooks can do. And the fact that it is so diversely written makes it amazing!

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    andy kent(4/30/2019 9:30:00 AM)

    i agree this was a amazing poem

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/14/2019 1:01:00 PM)

    The only sanity is a cup of tea.
    The music is in minors... a fine poem. tony

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  • Sailor Stephens (9/24/2012 7:34:00 PM)

    “I shall create! If not a note, a hole.
    If not an overture, a desecration.”

    Absolutely beautiful.

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