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Celebrating Vision: Faith Ringgold and Radical Black Art for Children

This weekend marks President’s Day in the US.  My undergraduate children’s literature students are spending the weekend finding a children’s book that details a US president’s interaction with people of color, because I wanted them to see what and who we do and don’t celebrate in this country.  1,142 more words

Children's Literature



There is a strong tradition of women in America being involved in social justice movements. The Abolitionist, Women’s Rights and Civil Rights movements all have notable women in their histories. 2,341 more words


Strange Possessive Arms

Sonnet – Ballad

by Gwendolyn Brooks

Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?
They took my lover’s tallness off to war,
Left me lamenting. Now I cannot guess… 136 more words


Reading Is a Dream

In my previous post, I described how Gwendolyn Brooks heard an odd, sing-song voice in her own poems. We all distort the sounds of words in our head, especially when we read silently. 416 more words


Angela Jackson at the Next Cliff Dwellers Book Club

Angela Jackson, a poet and novelist of great renown, has recently written a remarkable biography of the poet Gwendolyn Brooks entitled “A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun.” Ms. 56 more words

The Strange Thing I Learned From Gwendolyn Brooks

I pissed off one of the few notable writers I have ever met. The poet Gwendolyn Brooks came to give a reading at a nearby university when I was in graduate school. 533 more words


Poem of the Week

Of Robert Frost

by Gwendolyn Brooks
There is a little lightning in his eyes.
Iron at the mouth.
His brows ride neither too far up nor down. 17 more words