Who is Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen, making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer.
Throughout her prolific writing career, Brooks received many more honors. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968, a position she held until her death, and what is now the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for the 1985–86 term. In 1976, she became the first African-American woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas and at six-weeks...
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Gwendolyn Brooks Poems
- A Song In The Front Yard
Iâ??ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where itâ??s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.
A girl gets sick of a rose. ...
- A Bronzeville Mother Loiters In Mississippi. Meanwhile, A Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon
From the first it had been like a
Ballad. It had the beat inevitable. It had the blood.
A wildness cut up, and tied in little bunches,
Like the four-line stanzas of the ballads she had never quite ...
- The Good Man
The good man.
He is still enhancer, renouncer.
In the time of detachment,
in the time of the vivid heather and affectionate evil, ...
- Boy Breaking Glass
To Marc Crawford
from whom the commission
Whose broken window is a cry of art
(success, that winks aware ...
- Garbageman: The Man With The Orderly Mind
What do you think of us in fuzzy endeavor, you whose directions are
sterling, whose lunge is straight?
Top 10 most used topics by Gwendolyn BrooksI Love You 15 Love 15 Black 10 Time 10 Sweet 9 Never 8 Home 8 Door 8 Night 8 Sun 7
Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes
- To be in love Is to touch with a lighter hand. In yourself you stretch, you are well.
- Each body has its art...
Comments about Gwendolyn Brooks
- Thekingstings: “we are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.” - gwendolyn brooks
- Poetnotrockstar: “writing is a delicious agony.” — gwendolyn brooks
- Wallelawal: ‘remember green’s your color. you are spring.’ — gwendolyn brooks. to the young who want to die.
- Angelinareads: i remember bertram stating the use of computation to create a lexicon to reproduce gwendolyn brooks’ poetry. this deeply ancestry work opened me up to the use of dh as a way to preserve our memory of brooks
- Angelinareads: yvonne-bertram reminded us that the very funded tech companies will use dh as a way to reproduce the poetry of writers whose importance has never been denied. “we need more gwendolyn brooks in the world” bertram stated -- and we sure do.