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Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet of the Beat

Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most innovative poets in the literary landscape of America. Born in 1917 in Topeka, Kansas, Gwendolyn’s family moved when she was young to the far more urbane city of Chicago, a street-smart influence that still informs her work. 185 more words

Favorite Poems: Gwendolyn Brooks - "when you have forgotten Sunday: the love story"

—And when you have forgotten the bright bedclothes on a Wednesday and a Saturday,

And most especially when you have forgotten Sunday—

When you have forgotten Sunday halves in bed, 217 more words

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a girl gets sick of a rose

a song in the front yard
Gwendolyn Brooks

I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows. 137 more words

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The Bean Eaters-Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks, is one of my favorite poets. I’m pretty sure that’s not news to anyone who’s been following the blog. Today, I wanted to share one of her more recognized pieces and to just bask in the brilliance of her work. 204 more words

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"Song of Winnie" by Gwendolyn Brooks #PoetryMonth

In an audio recording (with thanks to this Brain Pickings post) of a reading the poet gave, Gwendolyn Brooks says that in this poem “I have Winnie Mandela consider herself as a poet”. 344 more words

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Audio: Gwendolyn Brooks at the Library of Congress

From the Archive of Recorded Poetry at the Library of Congress

The twenty-ninth person appointed Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks reads selections from her poetry on Sept. 112 more words

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