Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0060931744

ISBN-13: 9780060931742

Edition: 1999

Authors: Gwendolyn Brooks

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The classic volume by the distinguished modern poet and winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize that represents her technical mastery, her compassionate and illuminating response to a world that is both special and universal, and her warm humanity.
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List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" 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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