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    Selected Poems

    ISBN-10: 0060909897
    ISBN-13: 9780060909895
    Edition: N/A
    Author(s): Gwendolyn Brooks
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    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 144
    Size: 5.11" wide x 8.11" long x 1.11" tall
    Weight: 0.396
    Language: English

    Gwendolyn Brooks is an American poet. She was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 17, 1917. She graduated from Wilson Junior College in Chicago in 1936 and received her L.H.D. (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Columbia College in 1964. Her first poem was published when she was fourteen. In 1950 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Annie Allen; in 1968 she was named Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968. Brooks's earliest poetry reflected the lives of poor urban blacks. Critics acclaimed her writing as city-folk poetry. The New York Times Book Review hailed Brooks for her revelations of the African experience in the United States, particularly her sensitive portraits of black women. In addition, she has also written a book of poetry for children, Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1967) as well as several children's fiction books. Her autobiography Report from Part One was published in 1972. Brooks is the mother of two children.

    A Street in Bronzeville
    kitchenette building
    the mother
    southeast corner
    hunchback girl: she thinks of heaven
    a song in the front yard
    the ballad of chocolate Mabbie
    the preacher: ruminates behind the sermon
    Sadie and Maud
    the independent man
    of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemetery
    the vacant lot
    The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith
    Negro Hero
    gay chaps at the bar
    still do I keep my look, my identity ...
    my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell
    piano after war
    the white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like men
    firstly inclined to take what it is told
    "God works in a mysterious way"
    love note I: surely
    love note II: flags
    the progress
    Notes from the Childhood and the Girlhood
    Clogged and soft and sloppy eyes
    Chicken, she chided early, should not wait
    After the baths and bowel-work, he was dead
    Late Annie in her bower lay
    The duck fats rot in the roasting pan
    "Do not be afraid of no"
    But can see better there, and laughing there
    Think of sweet and chocolate
    You need the untranslatable ice to watch
    The Certainty we two shall meet by God
    Oh mother, mother, where is happiness
    The Womanhood
    People who have no children can be hard
    What shall I give my children? who are poor
    And shall I prime my children, pray, to pray?
    First fight. Then fiddle. Ply the slipping string
    When my dears die, the festival-colored brightness
    Life for my child is simple, and is good
    Sweet Sally took a cardboard box
    A light and diplomatic bird
    Carried her unprotesting out the door
    They get to Benvenuti's. There are booths
    The dry brown coughing beneath their feet
    And if sun comes
    One wants a Teller in a time like this
    People protest in sprawling lightless ways
    Men of careful turns, haters of forks in the road
    In Honor of David Anderson Brooks, My Father
    My Little 'Bout-town Gal
    Strong Men, Riding Horses
    The Bean Eaters
    We Real Cool
    Old Mary
    A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi, Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon
    The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till
    Mrs. Small
    Jessie Mitchell's Mother
    The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock
    The Lovers of the Poor
    A Sunset of the City
    A Man of the Middle Class
    The Crazy Woman
    Bronzeville Man with a Belt in the Back
    A Lovely Love
    A Penitent Considers Another Coming of Mary
    Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hat
    In Emanuel's Nightmare: Another Coming of Christ
    The Ballad of Rudolph Reed
    Riders to the Blood-red Wrath
    The Empty Woman
    To Be in Love
    Of Robert Frost
    Langston Hughes
    A Catch of Shy Fish
    garbageman: the man with the orderly mind
    sick man looks at flowers
    old people working (garden, car)
    weaponed woman
    old tennis player
    a surrealist and Omega
    Spaulding and Francois
    Big Bessie throws ber son into the street
    About Gwendolyn Brooks

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